The main goal of the non-profit organization New Story is to help the most vulnerable groups of the population find affordable housing. According to experts, by 2050, 3 billion people will be deprived of the opportunity to live in normal conditions. One of the directions in solving this problem is the construction of economical houses using 3D printing technology.
The construction of the world's first 3D-printed village in Tabasco, southeastern Mexico, is a collaboration between New Story and Icon and Échale. The 50 houses of the village will house families who are now forced to huddle in primitive temporary dwellings in conditions of extreme poverty.
By now, two houses have already been built. The families chosen to live in them will purchase housing on a mortgage with a zero interest rate and will pay just 400 pesos ($ 20) monthly for seven years.
The buildings were erected using Icon's Vulcan II 3D printer, which used cement as the "ink", laid in layers. The process of printing the walls took 24 hours, after which the builders installed the roof, windows and doors.
Not without problems. Power supply is usually difficult in remote areas of Mexico, and access roads are often flooded during the rainy season.
In one-story 3D houses with an area of 45 sq. m, there are two bedrooms, a living room, a kitchen, a bathroom and a small veranda. Houses are rented with connected water supply, sewerage and power supply. Standard safety standards are also met and a safety margin is provided in the event of an earthquake. The remaining 48 houses will be built next year.