The first 3D-printed village

2020/02/08 — Elegantly arranged pillows on the veranda, designer leather chairs, and a sophisticated reading lamp in the living room: The first 3D-printed houses – the results of a development project involving New Story, Icon, and Échale in Mexico – look like they were taken from a brochure for furniture or refined vacation homes.

Currently under construction in the southeast Mexican state of Tabasco, the world’s first 3D-printed village is actually being built for the poorest of the poor. It will offer affordable housing to people who, according to New Story, previously lived in simple shacks and subsisted on less than three dollars (U.S.) per day. For the next seven years, families selected based on need will be able to rent these chic domiciles for 400 pesos (around U.S.$20) per month.

A total of 50 bungalows are to be 3D-printed in Tabasco, each of which will include two bedrooms, a living room, a kitchen, and a bathroom across 46.5 square meters. The walls take just 24 hours to build thanks to Vulcan II systems provided by Icon. These printers use a nozzle to apply successive layers of a special concrete mixture called »Lavacrete«. Meanwhile, the foundations, doors, roofs, and appointments of the houses are all being installed using traditional manual methods. New Story declined to provide information on the cost of each house.