Homeless Man Gets To Live In A 3D-Printed Tiny Home

You will want to learn more about this amazing project that will help the homeless in Austin, Texas. ICON has delivered a series of 3D-Printed Homes for the Homeless in Austin, Texas. The 400-square foot homes, 3D-printed with ICON’s Vulcan II printer, feature one bedroom, one bath, a full kitchen, living room, and a large porch and are located at Community First Village in Austin, Texas. ICON, the construction technologies company, today announced it has completed a series of 3D-printed homes as part of its continued partnership with Mobile Loaves and Fishes (MLF), the Austin non-profit widely known for its compassionate service to the area’s homeless community. The 400-square foot homes, 3D-printed with ICON’s Vulcan II printer, feature one bedroom, one bath, a full kitchen, a living room, and a large porch with sweeping sunset views. The series of 3D-printed homes will soon be a place for the formerly homeless to call home at Community First. The village is one of the most innovative communities in the world.

ICON at its heart is innovation for a better future, said co-founder, and CEO of ICON, Jason Ballard. He also goes on to say that risks need to be taken to make a better world, and the team at Mobile Loaves and fishes shares a similar vision in their efforts to empower the community around them into a lifestyle of service to the homeless. Radical rethinking in the way that solving vexing issues is approached in societies like homelessness. At the end of the day, this is all about people and the dignity of human beings. The promise of ICON’s 3D-printing technology is really exciting, and what better place to start putting it to use than in one of the country’s most innovative neighborhoods designed to serve men and women who have experienced the trauma of homelessness said Alan Graham, founder, and CEO of Mobile Loaves and Fishes.

Vulnerable populations like the homeless are never among the first to access leading-edge anything, but now here in Austin, Texas they are among the first in line who will be living in some of the most unique homes ever built, and that’s a beautiful thing. The series of 3D-printed homes by ICON is located in Phase II of the northeast Austin development, bringing the entire property to 51 total acres. When Phase II is completed and at full capacity, Community First will have an estimated 480 formerly homeless individuals living in the Village which represents about 40 percent of Austin’s chronically homeless population.

The 3D-printed homes for the homeless were funded by MLF and its supporters, in particular Cielo Property Group, who commissioned one of ICON’s printers to be dedicated to the city of Austin to address affordable housing issues. With architectural designs created by Logan Architecture and finishings by Franklin Alan, the series of 3D-printed homes feature multiple home designs that were printed simultaneously, three at a time, to further increase speed and reduce cost. The first set of homes is now complete, with the first individuals to ever live in 3D printed homes in the U.S. moving in this spring. Printing has been completed, delivering the full wall system on the second set of homes, and the finish-out is underway.


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