3-D Printing

Hopefully my Sunday will be better than my Saturday…..for my time in the garden was cut short by monsoon rains all afternoon and into the evening…..

Homelessness is a big problem for many of our cities and towns and local governments have treated it like the plague…..they have made sleep illegal, made so benches could not be used for naps and put in spikes in places that would be good for napping….in other words a problem with these “bums” as so many like to call them….

While doing my reading I came across an article that I found very interesting……and it involves 3-D printing……

Food, water, and shelter are basic human needs, but 1.2 billion people in the world live without adequate housing, according to a report by the World Resources Institute’s Ross Center for Sustainable Cities. Today at SXSW, an Austin-based startup will unveil its approach to combat that deficiency by using low-cost 3D printing as a potential solution.

ICON has developed a method for printing a single-story 650-square-foot house out of cement in only 12 to 24 hours, a fraction of the time it takes for new construction. If all goes according to plan, a community made up of about 100 homes will be constructed for residents in El Salvador next year. The company has partnered with New Story, a nonprofit that is vested in international housing solutions. “We have been building homes for communities in Haiti, El Salvador, and Bolivia,” Alexandria Lafci, co-founder of New Story, tells The Verge.


A fascinating way to use 3-D printing and it would provide a much needed service to the community…..

Please let me have your thoughts on this…..


16 thoughts on “3-D Printing

  1. Nice promo for the company and the not-for-profit. People have known how to build adequate shelters for housing for centuries, millennia. What we lack is the will, empathy, and smarts to see that adequate shelter for everyone at low or no cost, costs less than policing them, warehousing them or hating them.

      1. Exactly what we need …. metropolitan areas blighted by communities of mass produced housing going to rot and decay because of lack of maintenance by absentee landlords and low-class tenants who refuse to do anything to maintain the properties …. shades of the old New York tenements, the Chicago “Projects” and the shanty towns of the Phillipenes. A great old Liberal idea!

  2. The cost of the finished product will be prohibitive. Did you know that they can already produce guns with the 3-D printing process? Can’t wait to see where the goes!

  3. Why not doing this? Its great, and if you really watch which way houses are built the last thirty years, its no big difference.
    I read about a private company in Shanghai used 3D printers to print 10 full-sized houses in just one day.

    And in the Czech Republic since some months there is also a company doing so..

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