ICON, the Texas startup, has used 3D printing to build a 500-square-foot welcome center for the Community First! Village, a community developed by non-profit Mobile Loaves & Fishes to provide permanent housing for men and women coming out of chronic homelessness. The Community First! Village, which is now entering its second phase and will provide homes to 480 previously homeless people from the Austin, Texas area.
ICON used Vulcan II 3D printers, which make use of a proprietary concrete called Lavacrete, robotics, automated handling and advance software to create the 3D homes.
Jason Ballard, the CEO, and co-founder of ICON spoke of the great work the Community First! initiative has made in Austin saying, “Their non-stop work to love and serve our sisters and brothers experiencing homelessness is inspiring and makes all of us at ICON want to bring the very best of ourselves to the job. All the late nights, blood, sweat and tears at the lab … this is what it’s for. We’re proud to deliver buildings like this to Community First!, and I think all of Austin can be proud that two local, home-grown ventures are working on these issues together in such an innovative way. I hope this makes Austin proud too.”
Founder and CEO of Mobile Loaves & Fishes, Alan Graham, said in a statement, Community First! Village is the perfect place on the planet to experiment with this approach. One of our desires is that this partnership with ICON will grow so deep that we’re able to leverage this technology to someday build all of our micro-homes in future phases of the Village.”
Six new ICON homes, commissioned by Cielo Property Group, with varied designs are also in the works. The company plans to simultaneously print the new homes, increasing speed and lowering costs. ICON unveiled a 3D printed home, which met local building codes at last year’s South by Southwest® (SXSW®) conference.