Exclusive uses are being found for 3D printing all the time, and in the US, the latest trend is to use these devices to swiftly build houses which could help to tackle the problem of homelessness.
The Los Angeles City Council is already looking at firing up a project to purchase 3D printers to be used to print materials for the construction of homes, swiftly providing houses for those who don’t have one.
In a partnership with Mobile Loaves & Fishes, a nonprofit serving Austin’s community, 3D printing company ICON debuted the first building in a proposed community of 3D-printed structures to house Austin’s homeless. The 500-square-foot Welcome Center was printed over a span of 27 hours, then decorated by designer Claire Zinnecker using furniture donated by Industry West.
“At Industry West, we believe the spaces that help individuals heal or learn are just as important as the hotels and restaurants that we furnish every day,” says Industry West cofounder and President of Social Responsibility Anne England. Industry West’s involvement came about when Zinnecker, a longtime client, approached the brand about donating to outfit the welcome center.
This cost-effective idea would possibly make 3D-printed houses become popular common in richer countries in years to come, and hopefully a great solution to tackle homelessness.