In Texas, lies a street called East 17th Street. It’s a lively, lovely street with large houses. The most notable feature, however, is that all of the houses were 3D printed.
Logan architecture created the houses using ICON’s 3D printing technology and its Vulcan building system. The homes were printed in five to seven days, and ICON said in a statement that 3D printing technology now “provides safer, more resilient homes that are designed to withstand fire, flood, wind, and other natural disasters better than conventionally built homes.”
The homes are available in two and four-bedroom layouts with sizes ranging from 900 to 2,000 square feet (83 to185 sq m). All of the houses have covered front porches, covered parking, large and open rooms, and windows that let in plenty of light.
Of course, this is not the first 3D printed community in the works in the United States. Mighty Buildings, which specializes in 3D printing homes of various sizes, announced plans to build a $15 million community of 3D-printed homes in California in March 2021.
According to Mighty Buildings, once completed, the upcoming project will be known as the “world’s first planned community of 3D-printed homes.” It may be the world’s first, but it will most certainly not be the last.
The additive manufacturing industry had a meager $8 billion market in 2018. However, thanks to an annual growth rate of about 24-26 percent, that industry is expected to grow to a massive $51 billion by 2026. Why? Because 3D printing is revolutionizing the construction industry, allowing for a safer and faster way to build homes than ever before. As a result, we can expect to see more East 17th Streets.