New 3D Printed Community Aims to End Homelessness

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Robison Wells

Two years ago, the first ever 3D printed house was built in Texas in less than 24 hours. Now a new organization in Mexico is aiming to curb homelessness with a new 3D printed community. The homes, which are 500 square feet each, are all printed in approximately one day. So far, two test homes have been constructed, with plans to expand greatly.

The homes, built in Tabasco, Mexico, are resilient and expected to shelter low income families from harsh weather. The current project is aimed for building 50 homes, with hopes to expand when success draws more investment.

After 18 months of planning, the Vulcan 2, a printer which was specifically designed for this project’s layouts and weather conditions, is rolling out in a rural area. The small homes each contain two rooms, a kitchen, and a bath. The designs were influenced by input from the people who will be living in them.

“I think it’s important to remember what makes this project different, what makes it matter,” said Alexandria Lafci, the COO of New Story. “We’re not an R&D company just for the sake of innovation, and we’re not here to turn a profit. These homes are for real people, with real needs, and everything we do is for them, and includes them in the process.”

New Story, the nonprofit, has built 2700 low income homes in Mexico since 2014.

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