Despite Stratasys and IBM bringing the first 3D printer to market in the mid-1990s, it wasn’t until the last decade that the additive manufacturing field has really taken off, with the technology now increasingly presenting a superior alternative to traditional production techniques. And while 3D printing technology continues to advance, so too does the number of possible real-world applications, as evidenced by the 3D-printed homes being built to create a new community in Austin, Texas.
Comprising what’s been christened the “East 17th Street Residences,” these additive manufacturing abodes — which are being touted as the first-ever 3D-printed homes — were born out of a collaboration between 3D printing firm, ICON, and Kansas City-based outfit, 3Strands. The construction is similar to a normal 3D printer, albeit on a much larger scale, and using a special additive manufacturing-friendly cement blend. Ranging from 1,000 to 2,000 square feet, a total of four different home and cabin designs are being offered, all of which have been penned by Logan Architecture and have had their interior design carried out by Claire Zinnecker. Available for purchase now, the East 17th Street Residences start from $450,000.