The First of Its Kind: 3D Printed Village

The world’s first 3D printed village is coming to Latin America this summer wherein the walls of each home can be printed in just 24 hours with nearly zero wastage. The plans to build the world’s first 3D printed community, which would provide over 50 homes for impoverished families in Latin America, were unveiled by acclaimed designer Yves Behar of Fuseproject.

The ambitious project is a solution to end global homelessness with sustainable, cutting edge technology.

Analysis of the community revealed that a single house design might not respond to the needs and expectations of the community members.  To mitigate this issue, the Fuseproject team brainstormed on concepts ranging from land selection to community layout.

Behar said, “This led us to design a system that allows for different programs, climate factors, and growth for families and spaces.”

Each lot in the new project is 120 square meters, while the interior space of each home is approximately 55 square meters. The motive of the initiative is to lift the families out of poverty and increase the standard of living of the generations to come.

ICON, the first company in America to secure a building permit for and build a 3D printed home, has developed a portable printer engineered to work in remote areas that may lack access to water, power, and labour infrastructure while creating homes out of local concrete.

The Fuseproject team successfully printed a prototype house in Austin last year. The design is updated to meet the community’s needs and the tropical environment.

“We feel it’s our responsibility to challenge traditional methods,” says project head Brett Hagler. “Linear methods will never reach the billion-plus people who need safe homes. Challenging our assumptions, iterating based on data, and taking calculated risks on innovative ideas will allow us to reach more families with the best possible solutions, exponentially faster.”

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