What happens when a nonprofit teams up with a construction company to end global homelessness?

Answer: A 3-D printer that can print an 800-square-foot house in under 24 hours.

by / March 15, 2018

The team members: New Story, a nonprofit, and ICON, a construction company. The goal: to help end global homelessness. The result: the Vulcan 3-D printer.

Vulcan is a mobile 3-D printer designed to operate continuously even during power fluctuations and water shortages. In less than 24 hours, it can print an 800-square-foot, single-story home that costs less than $4,000.

The first of these homes was unveiled recently in Austin, Texas. The two companies hope to begin printing them for communities in El Salvador by the end of next year, and then expand from there. New Story will manage donations to cover the costs of the homes.