3D house printing: the future of sustainable housing

3D house printing: the future of sustainable housing

Massimo Moretti, general manager of the Italian company Wasp, has always said that: "in the construction industry, 3D printing must be used to quickly give shelter to those who do not have it, using easily available materials".

That is why his company Fuseproject has partnered with New Story, a non-profit organization committed to addressing the problem of homelessness, to design, plan and build the world's first 3D printing village.

"With this innovative construction method we will deliver homes in Latin America to families who need affordable housing that fits their daily lives,"


The project will be built using Icon's Vulcan II technology and will accommodate over 400 people by the end of this year.

The Vulcan 3D printing system allows structures to be built with walls up to 8.5 meters high. It operates with a single-phase voltage of 230 / 240V and a nominal power of 16kW (maximum power is 35kW). It uses 8 liters of water per minute to knead the material (Icon Lavacrete). It can print on bases up to 70 cm wide. It prints at a horizontal linear speed of 12 centimeters per second. The machine is managed by four people and controlled by a tablet.

The design of the homes was worked directly with the communities to meet their basic needs and to go beyond the simple traditional design. 

Fuseproject explains that they chose to use 3D printing technology because of the design possibilities it offers to provide solutions that address important issues related to climate, family structure and the role that households play in creating a larger community.

3D printing serves the needs

The ethical objective of the project is highlighted, once again by Fuseproject, as follows: "For families living on less than $200 a month, access to safe housing that offers protection from both environmental and physical hazards is now critical. Vulnerable populations are usually the last to benefit from innovation. Instead, we believe that designers, builders and technology innovators have the potential to provide housing design that can improve the lives of some of the world's poorest people. 3D printing, in particular, is a tool for realizing this potential and carrying out this mission.