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3D Printing Progress
Posted on May 15, 2019

Worlds first 3D printed community

For families living on less than $200 per month, receiving a safe home-providing shelter from both environmental and physical danger-has the potential to change lives for generations to come. Fuseproject have announced a partnership with New Story on their mission to end global homelessness and to announce the unveiling of the world's first 3D-printed community in Latin America. For more information see the IDTechEx report on 3D Printing 2019-2029.
 
Printed in 24 hours, these community-driven designs adapt to the unique culture, climate and needs of the people living there. The approach addresses the important questions related to climate, family structure and the role that the homes can play in creating a larger community. Features that improve ventilation and offer outdoor spaces for cooking, dining and family gathering, are all part of the multiple design programs created for the community. The roof overhang over the front and back patios provide added shade from the sun, protection from rainfall and a space for socializing
 
This project presents a number of exciting questions - how to innovate with a 3D printer to create a housing model that is replicable, built to last, and built to sustain multi-generational family growth; how to integrate local needs, traditions and techniques into several varied cutting edge technological designs; and how to create a structure that is simultaneously affordable, attractive, safe, and functional. The process has led to creative solutions for an adaptive design born in partnership with the local community.
 
Also partnering with new Story is Icon, who built the first permitted 3D printed home in America. The project breaks ground this year and will utilize ICON's newly unveiled Vulcan II technology. The community, when finished later this year, will house more than 400 individuals. The home recipients are hardworking families - many who are supported as brick makers as their occupation. The average family in the community is four individuals who are living on less than $200 per month. Families are being involved in the home and community design process by speaking into the designs before construction begins.
 
 
Source: Fuseproject, New Story
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