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Inside the 3Strands community of 3D printed homes in Austin

Built using ICON's Vulcan construction system

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Kansas City developer 3Strands launched the company’s first multi-home project, which will lead to several 3D printed homes for sale in Austin, TX. It is the first commercial multi-house project using construction 3D printing in the US. 3dpbm contributor Jarett Gross got the opportunity to meet Jason Ballard, the CEO of ICON, and go with him inside their newest 3D printed houses on east 17th st in Austin, Texas.

Austin-based construction technology company ICON provided the technology for 3Strands to use in the mainstream housing development. The one-of-a-kind homes designed by Logan Architecture are the latest homebuilding project using ICON’s Vulcan construction system to deliver sustainable, resilient and beautiful housing. The first floor of these highly energy-efficient homes was 3D printed using ICON’s advanced material that is stronger and longer-lasting than traditional building materials. 3D printing technology provides safer, more resilient homes that are designed to withstand fire, flood, wind and other natural disasters better than conventionally built homes and that can be built in a matter of weeks. To date, ICON has delivered two dozen 3D-printed homes across central Texas and in Mexico and this marks the first mainstream housing project for the startup.

“ICON has delivered better homes at a better value across a variety of cost-centers than conventional construction, including materials, time to market, and labor,” said Gary O’Dell. “The East 17th St Residences represent the future of homebuilding for the mass market and illustrate what is possible with this technology.”

Nestled in the fast-growing East Austin neighborhood, the homes feature large covered front porches, extensive front yards, covered parking, open concept floor plans, bespoke interior design, vaulted master bedrooms, large North-facing windows, high-performance HVAC, secluded office/bedrooms, and minimalist architectural aesthetic.

 

“We were delighted when 3Strands approached ICON to deliver their first mainstream housing development,” said Jason Ballard, co-founder and CEO of ICON. “There is an extreme lack of housing that has left us with problems around supply, sustainability, resiliency, affordability and design options. With ICON’s 3D printing technology, we anticipate more high-velocity progress in the years ahead to help bring housing and construction into the modern world and in-line with humanity’s highest hopes.”

Austin-based designer Claire Zinnecker joined the project to design the interiors’ finishes and fixture selection. Her approach for these spaces was a modernized West Texas design with a simplified palette featuring natural woods, similar metal finishes and earthy tile colors.

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based 3dpbm. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites 3D Printing Media Network and Replicatore, as well as 3D Printing Business Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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