The tallest 3D printed building in the United States is this new military barracks in Texas
3D printing is gaining momentum as a construction technology, with 3D printed houses, schools, apartment buildings, and even Martian habitat concepts all unveiled last year (not to mention Airbnbs and entire luxury communities). Now another type of structure is added to this list: military barracks.
ICON, a construction tech startup based in Austin, Texas, announced the project earlier this month in partnership with the Texas Military Department. Covering 3,800 square feet, the fire station will be the largest 3D printed structure in North America. It is edged out for the world title by at least one other building, a 6,900 square foot complex in Dubai used for municipal offices.
The barracks are located at Camp Swift Training Center in Bastrop, TX, and replace temporary facilities that have already been in use for longer than their expected lifespan. 72 soldiers will remain in the building, sleeping in bunk beds, as they train for missions and prepare for deployment.
“The printed barracks will not only provide our soldiers with a safe and comfortable place to stay while they train, but because they are printed in concrete, we expect them to last for decades,” said Col. Zebadiah Miller, facility manager for the Texas Military Department. .
The energy efficient barracks are built with ICON’s Vulcan 3D printer, which initially iteration was 11.5 feet high by 33 feet wide, consisting of an axle placed on a runway. The printer’s “ink” is a proprietary concrete mix, which it deposits in layers stacked from the ground. The building was designed by Austin-based Logan Architecture, a company that had previously worked with ICON on the East 17e Residences, four partially 3D printed homes that hit the market in Austin earlier this year.
The soldiers will move into the barracks this fall.
With the announcement of $ 207 million raised in Series B funding this week, ICON is well positioned to launch several more projects in the months and years to come. In May, the company unveiled both its new Vulcan printer – 1.5 times the size and 2 times faster than the previous version – and its House Zero line of homes, optimized and designed specifically for construction via printing. 3d.
TechCrunch reported last week that ICON’s revenue has grown 400% every year since its launch in 2018. The startup has tripled its team in the past year, hitting the benchmark of over 100 employees, and plans to double size again over the next year.
All of this is to say that many people and organizations are seeing the benefits of 3D printing as a construction tool, and as technology develops, homes and barracks are just the beginning.
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“ICON continues our missionary work to provide dignified and resilient shelters for social housing, emergency housing, market housing and now, housing for those who serve our country,” said the co-founder of ICON, Evan Loomis. “We are deploying this technology in Texas, the United States and potentially around the world. This is the start of a real paradigm shift in house building.
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