Breaking ground in 2022, this innovative 100-home community of 3D-printed homes with Lennar will be codesigned by BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group and will be the largest neighborhood of its kind in the world. ICON’s 3D printing technology produces resilient, energy-efficient homes faster than conventional construction methods with less waste and more design freedom – keeping construction projects on schedule and on budget.
This multi-home project with developer 3Strands marks the first 3D-printed homes for sale in America. This collection of four unique homes, ranging in size from 900 sq. ft. to 2,000 sq. ft., offer 2 and 4 bedroom configurations that are stronger and longer-lasting than traditional built homes. Nestled in the fast-growing East Austin neighborhood, the homes feature large covered front porches, extensive front yards, covered parking, open concept floor plans, bespoke interior design, vaulted master bedrooms, large North-facing windows, secluded office/bedrooms, and minimalist architectural aesthetic.
To prepare for long-duration missions to Mars, ICON uses additive construction to 3D print a Martian analog habitat designed by BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group at NASA's Johnson Space Center. ICON has been awarded a subcontract through Jacobs to support NASA's Crew Health and Performance Exploration Analog (CHAPEA) to deliver the 3D-printed habitat known as Mars Dune Alpha. The 1,700 square-foot structure will simulate a realistic Mars habitat to support long-duration, exploration-class space missions.
The Texas Military Department (TMD) has partnered with ICON to design and 3D print an innovative, energy-efficient training barracks at the Camp Swift Training Center in Bastrop, TX. As the largest 3D-printed structure in North America, the 3,800 sq.-ft. building is set to house up to 72 soldiers or airmen at their primary facility while they train for missions in Texas or overseas marking these the first soldiers in the world to live in 3D-printed barracks.
The first home in ICON's Exploration Series, “House Zero,” is designed by the award-winning firm, Lake|Flato Architects and features an elevated architectural and energy efficient design that highlights the benefits of resiliency and sustainability only found in homebuilding through 3D printing. Located in East Austin, “House Zero” features a 2,000+ sq-ft, 3 bedroom/2.5 bath home and a 350 sq-ft, 1 bedroom/1 bath accessory dwelling unit. Blending mid-century modernist ranch house aesthetics with the digital possibilities of additive construction, “House Zero” will be the first home of its kind and a major advancement in modern architecture.
ICON 3D- printed a student-led designed, prototype rocket landing pad for NASA. The vented design was created to slow rocket exhaust and redirect the plume away from the lunar surface to avoid damaging nearby habitats and equiptment on upcoming lunar missions. The 20' diameter subscale launch and landing pad design was printed in 7 hours and took an additonal 14 hours to infill completely. A static hot fire test was performed on the vented pad using a solid rocket motor to evalulate the effectivness of the integrated flame diverters inside the pad itself.
Project Olympus is ICON’s current program with NASA to develop an autonomous additive construction system for further exploration of the Moon and imagine humanity's first home on another world. In partnership with NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, ICON is testing lunar soil simulant with various processing and printing technologies. World-renowned architecture firm BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group has signed on for this audacious project.
The only neighborhood of its kind in the nation from nonprofit Mobile Loaves & Fishes, Community First! Village provides affordable, permanent housing for people who have experienced chronic homelessness. ICON 3D printed a 500 sq.-ft. ‘Welcome Center’ and printed three homes at a time for a series of six homes for residents of the community. Each 400 sq.-ft. home features 1 bedroom / 1 bath, living room, bathroom and porch with sweeping views of the Texas sunsets.
ICON has prototyped various structures with the Defense Innovation Unit and USMC for military use to provide rapid, expeditionary construction capabilities. This vehicle hide structure was printed in 36 hours and Marines were trained on how to operate ICON's technology. This work will simultaneously support military operations and crisis response efforts around the globe.
Located in Tabasco, Mexico, the community of 3D-printed homes developed for housing nonprofit New Story are granted to local families experiencing extreme poverty. Each resilient, 500 sq ft home was printed in about 24 hours and features two bedrooms, a living room, kitchen and bath. Resting within a seismic zone, the community and its homes were engineered above the standard safety requirements including robust foundations to ensure the homes will last for generations.
As the first permitted, 3D-printed home in the United States, the Chicon House is a 350 sq ft home that was printed in about 47 hours of print time across several days with the first-generation Vulcan printer. The home features 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, and a kitchen area surrounded by a large covered porch area. The project with housing nonprofit New Story was a prototype home designed with the developing world in mind where power, water and building supplies have insconsistant supply.