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First 3D-Printed Neighborhood Being Built in Mexico

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3D-Printed Homes in Mexico

A family sits inside one of the two newly constructed 3D-printed homes in Mexico.

Credit: CNN

Social housing nonprofit New Story is using a giant three-dimensional (3D) printer to create the world’s first 3D-printed neighborhood in a rural section of Tabasco, Mexico. The project already has completed two 3D-printed homes, and New Story hopes to print 50 new houses by the end of next year, replacing structures that residents built themselves. The 33-foot printer prints out a concrete mix that hardens when it dries, creating walls one layer at a time.

It takes a total of 24 hours over several days to build two 500-sq.ft. houses at the same time, about twice as fast as it takes New Story to build homes using standard construction methods.

Said ICON CEO Jason Ballard, "In the future, our bet is that this will be humanity's best hope for a housing solution that that matches our highest values and ideals."

From CNN Business 
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