Families to move into world’s first community of 3D-printed homes in Mexico this year

Families will be moving into the world’s first community of 3D-printed homes later this year in Tabasco, Mexico.

A total of 50 3D homes are being printed by New Story, a US-based nonprofit focused on pioneering solutions to end global homelessness, and construction technology company, ICON, to provide a safe space for a community prone to earthquakes, flooding and poverty.

Each 3D printed home will have two bedrooms, a living room, kitchen and bathroom. Each home can withstand hurricanes and are seismic-approved in case of an earthquake. According to New Story, the 3D-printed homes being strong enough to stand against natural disasters has a “generational impact, because families can pass the home down from generation to generation.

In order to construct the houses, a machine starts at the very bottom of the home, layering the cement all the way to top where a roof is then placed. From start to finish, the entire process takes just 24 hours to print.

The 3D technology and automation makes building homes faster, but workers are still required to attach the roof and doors, and install plumbing.

After their project in Tabasco, New Story hope to assist other nonprofits who are working toward ending global homelessness.

Brett Hagler, the company’s CEO and co-founder, said: “The big idea is to open source and democratise, and try to get this technology into the hands of other housing non-profits and other governments that have agendas to solve very serious problems in their towns and their cities.”

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyle including sustainable and green living. 

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