They're now taking orders!

By Perri Ormont Blumberg
March 14, 2019
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If you thought 3-D printing was just a passing trend, think again. The incredible technology is now being used to print homes and ICON's new “Vulcan II” 3-D printer is paving the way.

Earlier this week, the Austin-based company announced it will begin shipping "the award-winning technology next month to a small group of early customers as well as actively accepting orders for 2020." The sleek homes — check out the sample 3-D house that the company made in Austin last year above and below  — are made of concrete, and the printer can currently create residences of up to 2,000-square-feet in less than 72 hours.

So what's it going to cost you?  "Icon said it costs about $20,000 and takes several days to 3-D print a 2,000-square-foot house. After factoring in the cost of land and other construction such as plumbing and finishes, it works out to a reduction of about 30% in total costs, Mr. [Jason] Ballard [ICON's co-founder and chief executive] said," as reported via Realtor.com.

"In Austin, where the average home is roughly $400,000, Icon said it could make a home $120,000 cheaper—if builders pass all the savings on to consumers."

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In addition to for-profit orders, ICON has also partnered with the charitable organization New Story to create the world's first 3-D printed community in Latin America for families in need.

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Well, this futuristic technology sure does impress us. And to think we believed the only home models you could print were floor plans!