- The project is based on the construction company Lenar and the engineering firm ICON. is the result of collaboration between
- Construction is expected to break ground next year – with houses designed by the Big-Bjarke Ingels Group
- According to ICON, their building-printing system can build a home as large as 3,000 square feet
- In addition, printing is faster, less wasteful and makes homes that are more flexible than normal construction.
Plans have been unveiled for a 3D-printed community of 100 new homes in the Austin area, Texas—which will become the largest development of its kind in the United States when construction begins next year.
The project is the result of a collaboration between real estate and homebuilding firm Lenar and ICON, a construction engineering company specializing in the development of large-scale 3D-printing technology.
They are joined by architectural firm BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group, which will design homes that will be produced using so-called ‘additive manufacturing’ – in which objects are printed on a single layer at a time.
According to ICON, their ‘Vulcan construction system’ can produce flexible, energy efficient homes both faster and with less waste than traditional building approaches, while also providing greater freedom of design.
Using the system, buildings and other structures as large as 3,000 square feet can be built, he said.
Plans have been unveiled for a 3D-printed community of 100 new homes in the Austin area, Texas—which will become the largest development of its kind in the United States when construction begins next year. Pictured: An artist’s impression of the neighborhood, with houses being slowly printed layer-by-layer in the foreground
The project is the result of a collaboration between real estate and homebuilding firm Lenar and ICON, a construction engineering company specializing in the development of large-scale 3D-printing technology. Image: An artist’s impression of a 3D-printed neighborhood located in the Austin area of Texas
Jason Ballard, CEO of ICON, said, “Construction-scale 3D printing not only delivers high-quality homes faster and more affordable, but can transform fleets of printers in a way that helps entire communities work for the better. built for.” Response to the global housing crisis.
‘The US is facing a shortage of nearly 5 million new homes, so there is an acute need to rapidly increase supply without compromising on quality, beauty or sustainability, and that is the power of our technology.’
“Partnering with Lenner, an elite top-tier homebuilder with a commitment to innovation, is an honor and a huge milestone for ICON. We believe this will be a pivotal moment in the history of community-scale development and the future will break into the present,’ he concluded.
Erik Feder, president of LENX, a subsidiary of Lenar, said: “Lack of labor and materials are the two biggest factors pushing the dream of home ownership out of reach for many American households.
Lenar has always pushed the boundaries of technological innovation to keep quality homes affordable, and 3D printing is an extremely encouraging approach.
‘We are excited to collaborate with ICON to develop solutions to emerging challenges in the years to come.’
According to ICON, their ‘Vulcan construction system’ can produce flexible, energy efficient homes both faster and with less waste than traditional building approaches, while also providing greater freedom of design. Image: An artist’s impression of what an Austin-based neighborhood might look like. Four houses still printed can be seen in the foreground
Martin Voelkal, Partner at BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group, said, “Additive manufacturing has the potential to revolutionize the built environment as it is widely adopted by industry.
“By partnering with ICON and Lenar, we can see this new technology reaching as many potential audiences as possible,” he added.
‘3D-printed architecture and photovoltaic roofing are innovations that are important steps towards making our homes more resilient, sustainable and energy self-sufficient, while also reducing waste in the construction process.’
Today’s announcement of the new housing project is said to represent a deepening of ties between Lenar and ICON, the former starting with the latter investing $207 million (£150 million).
3D printing technology creates objects by depositing material one layer at a time
First invented in the 1980s by Chuck Hull, an engineer and physicist, 3D printing technology—also called additive manufacturing—is the process of creating an object by depositing material, one layer at a time.
Similar to how an inkjet printer combines individual dots of ink to form an image, a 3D printer combines material based on a digital file where it is needed.
According to the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, many traditional manufacturing processes involve cutting off excess material to make a part, and this can result in up to 30 pounds (13.6 kg) of waste for every one pound of useful material. .
In contrast, with some 3D printing processes about 98 percent of the raw material is used in the finished part, and this method can be used to make smaller components using plastic and metal powders, some chocolate and others. Also used with food items. As a biomaterial similar to human cells.
3D printers have been used to create everything from prostheses to robots, and the process follows these basic steps:
Creating 3D Blueprints Using Computer Aided Design (CAD) Software
Printer manufacturing including refilling raw materials such as plastics, metal powders and binding solutions.
Initiating the process of printing by means of a machine from which the object is manufactured.
3D printing processes may vary, but material extrusion is the most common,…