On Monday, the startup ICON unveiled a model of its ultra low-cost 3D-printed home at SXSW in Austin. It's the product of a unique method its developed using a Vulcan 3D printer which can pump out a modest cement home measuring between 600 and 800 square feet -- complete with a living room, bedroom, bathroom, and porch -- in just 12 to 24 hours.
It's tough to give a cement-walled setup much personality, but this one looks surprisingly inviting (the dramatic lighting certainly doesn't hurt, either). It's also incredibly versatile, sustainable, and exponentially affordable, as ICON's co-founder Jason Ballard notes in a press release: "With 3D printing, you not only have a continuous thermal envelope, high thermal mass, and near zero-waste, but you also have speed, a much broader design palette, next-level resiliency, and the possibility of a quantum leap in affordability. This isn’t 10% better, it’s 10 times better.”