New Vulcan 3D printer can spit taller buildings, House Zero is proof
Even if you are not quite into construction work and equipment, the name ICON may remind you. It is the company behind one of the craziest 3D printers on the market, a hardware capable of printing buildings for any use.
The machine at the heart of it all is an awe-inspiring piece of engineering, the Vulcan, is an 11.5-foot (3.5-meter) tall monster that spits out layer after layer of a substance called Lavacrete, a type of concrete. polymer. It was designed to make walls as high as 8.5 feet (2.5 meters) and foundations as wide as 28 feet (8.5 meters).
This week, ICON announced a new generation of printer, larger (9,500 pounds / 4.3 metric tons) and faster than before, which is now capable of 3D printing houses and structures in a range of sizes. size up to 279 square meters.
To prove the concept, ICON showed with Lake Flato Architects the so-called House Zero, which could very well be the first house designed with 3D printing manufacturing in mind.
Currently under construction in East Austin, it includes three bedrooms, two bathrooms and an accessory living unit. ICON does not say when the project will be completed.
To date, there are approximately two dozen ICON 3D printed homes in the United States and Mexico, “The most completed by any construction technology company.” Several other projects are underway, including social housing, disaster relief housing and market-rate housing.