In Mexico, a residential quarter was printed on a 3D printer

In Mexico, a residential quarter was printed on a 3D printer
In Mexico, a residential quarter was printed on a 3D printer

In Latin America, a non-profit organization called New Story is pursuing an ambitious plan to create affordable 3D printed homes. And their huge 3D printer prints houses for an entire residential area. At the same time, the first houses are even ready, so that Mexico has every chance of becoming the first country in which a 3D printer has created a neighborhood for human life.

The New Story project was created in partnership with Icon and Échale, and is located in a development area in Tabasco, which is located in the South-East of the country. The group aims to build 50 homes for low-income families who often live in dangerous and precarious temporary shelters. At the moment, two houses are already completed, and the first residents are moving into them. In this case, you still have to pay for housing. True, the conditions, as reported by the New Atlas, are simply fabulous: people will need to pay 400 Mexican pesos (about $ 20) a month for seven. And the interest rate for such a "mortgage" is zero. How do you like these "loans"?

The process of building houses is essentially the same as with other methods of 3D printing. A huge printer called the Icon Vulcan II squeezes the cement out of the nozzle layer by layer until basic structures like walls and interior dividers are complete. This process takes about 24 hours. Then the builders add a roof, windows and doors.

The Vulcan II 3D printer is built to withstand tough conditions. And the local nature is unpredictable. Precipitation often floods the paths to the construction site. Designed to tackle the housing shortage, this printer is the first of its kind. - say representatives of New Story. We live in a historic moment when the first district is being built using 3D printing technology. This is more than a technological advance. This project is an indicator that if we join forces, pool talent and resources and lead them to solving real problems, then the dream of sustainability and social justice will be achieved.

New Story acknowledges that the payments that residents of new homes pay naturally do not offset the cost of production. It is needed only in order to cover a number of costs associated with the harsh natural and weather conditions of the region. The actual cost of building 3D-printed houses is still unknown, but New Story aims to improve efficiency and reduce costs as the project evolves. The nonprofit also expects the remaining 48 houses to be inhabited in late 2019 - early 2020.

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