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ICON raises $35 million for construction 3D printing tech

Series A funding round was led by Moderne Ventures

ICON, a construction 3D printing specialist based in Austin, Texas, has raised $35 million through a Series A funding round led by Moderne Ventures. The infusion of capital brings the promising young company’s total investments to $44 million (it raised $9 million in a seed funding round in 2018). The funding will support the company as it continues to develop its 3D printing technology, design and build innovative 3D printed homes and advance its mission to provide cost-efficient and eco-friendly housing.

ICON is certainly one to watch in the construction AM sector. The young American firm printed its way into the spotlight in 2018 when it unveiled its first Vulcan 3D printer and printed a home in Austin, Texas. Since that iconic day, the company has advanced its 3D printing technology, introducing a next-gen Vulcan system and signing on to home building projects in Mexico (in collaboration with New Story) and the United States. In the U.S., ICON is working with Austin nonprofit Mobiles Loaves & Fishes to build homes for the chronically homeless at Community First! Village, and with the Defense Innovation Unit and United States Marine Corps to train marines to use its technology.

ICON $35 million funding round
3D printed homes in Austin, Texas for the Community First Village (Photo: Regan Morton Photography)
ICON $35 million funding round
3D printed interior of Community First Village in Austin, Texas (Photo: Regan Morton Photography)

The $35 million investment will enable the company to not only continue to pursue these existing projects but to accelerate the development of its technology, while expanding its team and coming up with new 3D printed house designs. The company has also hinted that more partnerships are in the pipeline.

The Series A funding round was led by Moderne Ventures, and ICON has also appointed the VC firm’s Founder and Managing Partner Constance Freedman to its Board of Directors. Khan Tasinga, Director at Palantir Technologies is also joining the board.

“Traditional building and construction techniques have not improved since B.C., they have only become more expensive,” said Constance Freedman, Founder and Managing Partner at Moderne Ventures. “The results are vast deltas in affordability, limitations on design and both time and efficiency challenges. I believe we will see an evolution of the entire home-buying value chain, especially when integrated with other technologies like digital transactions and augmented reality. Consumers will be able to order, build, design and purchase a brand-new home in a matter of days – something that’s truly innovative and truly disruptive. We are excited to support ICON as it continues to change the world.”

The funding round also saw investments from international architecture firm BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group, CAZ Investments, Citi, Crosstimbers Ventures, Ironspring Ventures, Next Coast Ventures, Oakhouse Partners, Trust Ventures, Vulcan Capital and Wavemaker Partners.

ICON $35 million funding round
3D printed homes in Mexico, in collaboration with New Story
(Photo: Regan Morton Photography)

“In early 2018, there were no 3D printed homes in North America and today, there are almost twenty and we’re gearing up for hundreds more,” said Jason Ballard, Co-founder and CEO of ICON. “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. The present challenges the world is facing due to new coronavirus have only emphasized the tremendous gap between the housing that we have and the housing that we need. We are grateful to those who have believed in our mission from the beginning and are excited to have a larger team of global investors joining us in our belief that the housing of our future must be different than the housing we have known.”

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Tess Boissonneault

Tess Boissonneault is a Montreal-based content writer and editor with five years of experience covering the additive manufacturing world. She has a particular interest in amplifying the voices of women working within the industry and is an avid follower of the ever-evolving AM sector. Tess holds a master's degree in Media Studies from the University of Amsterdam.

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  1. There is a difference between desperately searching for applications, and finding applications that make sense. Whereas printing with local available mud to create something which is desperately needed in little time (tents work pretty good as well) seems to make sense. It may make sense on the moon (so it seems). It makes sense if you want to build different things at speed that you cannot prefab.
    But where is the advantage of printing concrete versus lightweight, prefabricated, high quality building blocks for houses that can be assembled in a day as well? Or pouring concrete in prefabricated hollow structures? Or just use shipping containers? Ok… you can use local or easy to ship materials and some water I expect. So the transportation issue (especially for catastrophes) is gone. But then – its just walls. The foundation looks traditional. The windows and doors, the roof? Electricity and water? Is the difference for just those walls so big? I am keen to learn more…

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