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3D Printed Neighborhood to be Constructed in 24 Hours

Popular Mechanics reports on a ‘secret’ project to be completed somewhere in Latin America.  Apparently, San Francisco-based design firm Fuseproject will be 3D printing 50 homes in a 24-hour period for local farmers and weavers.  This project was envisioned in “conjunction with the housing non-profit New Story and ICON, a construction technologies company.”

As Fuseproject’s Founder Yves Behar explains: “you can shape the walls to have different functionality; you can create a shower stall that doesn’t have sharp corners.  Homeowners can specify a two- or three-bedroom plan and the exterior concrete can be tinted different colors so it doesn’t become that cookie-cutter look.”

According to the company’s website, “Fuseproject worked with people in the undisclosed community to learn more about their culture and make sure the housing options made sense for their environment.  We used 3D technology and the unique design possibilities it enables to provide solutions that addressed important questions related to climate, family structure, and the role homes play in creating a larger community.”

“For families living on less than $200 per month, access to safe housing that provides shelter from both environmental and physical danger is critical.”

As New Story’s CEO Brett Hagler concludes: “We feel it’s our responsibility to challenge traditional methods.  Linear methods will never reach the billion-plus people who need safe homes. Challenging our assumptions, iterating based on data, and taking calculated risks on innovative ideas will allow us to reach more families with the best possible solutions, exponentially faster.”

Image and Quotes Courtesy of Popular Mechanics

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