Lennar, an American home builder, and ICON, a building technologies company pioneer in large-scale 3D printing, have unveiled a new project in which they will build the largest community of 3D-printed homes to date using the innovative robotics, advanced software and materials. Beginning its manufacture in 2022, the community of 100 houses has been designed by the acclaimed architecture firm BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group.
“Labor and material shortages are two of the biggest factors that make the dream of homeownership out of reach for many American families,” said Eric Feder, President of LENX. “Lennar has always pushed the boundaries of technological innovation to maintain affordable quality housing and 3D printing is an immensely encouraging approach. We are excited to partner with ICON to develop solutions to emerging challenges in the years to come,” he adds.
ICON’s 3D printing technology produces strong and energy efficient homes faster than conventional building methods with less waste and more design freedom, keeping construction projects on time and on budget.
Engineered from the ground up for 3D printing, ICON’s Vulcan building system can deliver homes and structures up to 278 square meters that are built to the International Building Code (IBC) structural code standard and are expected to be highly durable. .
Thus, they have a patented ICON wall system and the materials used are stronger and more durable than traditional building materials. As such, they provide safer homes that are designed to withstand extreme weather conditions, greatly reduce the impact of natural disasters, and be printed at high speed and on a large scale.
“ICON exists as a response to the global housing crisis and to put our technology at the service of the world,” said ICON Co-Founder and CEO Jason Ballard. “Building-scale 3D printing not only delivers higher-quality homes faster and more affordably, but fleets of printers can change the way entire communities are built for the better. The United States faces a deficit of approximately 5 million. of new homes, so there is a deep need to rapidly increase supply without compromising quality, beauty or sustainability, and that is exactly the strength of our technology, “he adds.
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