Texas-based ICON has just unveiled their next project, called “House Zero”. It’s touted as the most incredible 3D-printed home yet since it was optimized and designed specifically to be created with their next-generation Vulcan printer. Spanning 2,000-square-feet, it features three-bedrooms, three-bathrooms and an additional one-bedroom, one-bathroom accessory dwelling unit (ADU). Read more for a video and additional information.
The 3D-printed home combines the aesthetics of a mid-century ranch-style home with the organic possibilities of additive construction. As for the new Vulcan 3D Printer, it weighs in at a hefty 9,500-pounds, is 1.5-times larger and twice as fast as its predecessor. It works by extruding proprietary cement in multiple layers from a robotic nozzle, and once the structure is complete, a construction team comes in to complete the windows, doors, plumbing, etc.
- Self-developed Silent Motherboard: The Ender-3 V2 built-in self-developed silent motherboard, which has stronger anti-interference, faster and more stable motion performance, silent printing and low decibel operation.
- UL Certified MeanWell Power Supply: Equipped with MeanWell power supply, produced by the listed company with mature technology, meeting all the needs of fast heating and long-time printing. Moreover, the power supply is concealed in the machine, making it much safer.
- Effortless Filament Feed-in: Ender-3 V2 adds a rotary knob on the extruder, making loading and feeding filament process much easier; Brand new operation UI system and 4.3" smart color screen greatly improve user experience.
- Resume Printing Function: Can resume printing from the last recorded extruder position after suffering unexpected power outages, saving your time and reducing waste.
- Carborundum Glass Platform: Enable the hotbed heat up quicker and prints adhere better without the warping. Ultra smoothness even on the first layer.
If people fall in love with what we’re doing here, it turns out the Vulcan is the only construction system in the world capable of delivering this home and others like it. We are hopeful this catalyzes widespread enthusiasm and excitement for the future of construction and architecture. We’re getting ready to stand up manufacturing in our new facilities and begin larger scale projects in anticipation of such a response,” said Jason Ballard, co-founder and CEO, ICON.