The 800 sq ft house - a collaboration between charity New Story, which builds homes for people in developing nations, and Icon, a robotics construction company in Texas - was showcased at the South by Southwest Conference and Festival in Austin, Texas, and is believed to meet the requirements of local building codes.
ICON has built up a technique for 3D-printing of a solitary story 650-square-foot house out of cement in only 12 to 24 hours. A few Pakistani new companies and business visionaries have led the pack on presenting 3D-printed innovation in different scenes at the nation over.
According to a report from the World Resources Institute's Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, around 1.2 billion people live without adequate housing throughout the world.
The partners are hoping to build a community of 100 3D-printed homes in El Salvador next year. The printer gives out a custom blend of concrete that hardens as it's printed. One of its founders, Jason Ballard, will be testing out the home by living in it.
Icon aims to develop robots to install the windows after the houses are printed and drones to spray-paint the exterior walls. The company is planning to explore the possibility of printing roofs as well.
There are other groups which are working on printing houses.
The company hopes to commercialize its house-printing technology in the USA in the long run, where housing shortages are reaching alarming levels in some larger cities.
Despite the fact that the hardware utilized as a part of 3D-printing is very exorbitant, notwithstanding, the materials can be cheap.
While this option to print your own home does not yet exist in Malaysia, you can still co-create your own home - take the Lafarge-EdgeProp MYHOME survey at www.edgeprop.my/MYHOME and tell us what your ideal home is like.