ICON unveils new 3DCP hardware, software, and materials

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ICON, a of superior development applied sciences and large-scale 3D printing, has launched a brand new suite of merchandise and applied sciences designed to additional automate development, together with a radical new robotic printer that allows multi-story development, a brand new low-carbon constructing materials, a digital catalog for residential structure with greater than 60 ready-to-build residence designs, and an AI Architect for residence design and development.

“That is the second we’ve actually been working for these previous six years,” mentioned Jason Ballard, Co-Founder and CEO of ICON. “Once we launched the corporate and the primary permitted 3D printed home in 2018 throughout SXSW, we got down to each lower the price and improve the standard of constructing as an alternative of selecting one or the opposite. We didn’t wish to simply be the most effective at 3D printing, we wished to be the most effective at constructing, interval. Now, I consider we are able to say that could be a actuality. I’m so pleased with the work ICON has performed to get to the place we’re at this time – not solely the promise, however the actuality of expertise, structure, and supplies that may permit us to construct higher than anybody on the planet.”

ICON unveils new 3D construction robotics, software, and materials - including a new robotic printer, a new low-carbon building material, and more.

New robotics, software program, and supplies


ICON’s new multi-story robotic development system introduces the aptitude of printing a whole constructing enclosure together with foundations and roof constructions. By rising velocity and measurement and reducing setup time and the variety of required operators, this superior robotic system will scale back ICON printing prices by half. ICON is now taking orders for tasks utilizing Phoenix beginning at $25/sq. foot for wall methods or $80/sq. foot together with basis and roof. This value to construct is decrease than the latest publicly out there information for standard development of wall methods, in response to the Nationwide Affiliation of House Builders report launched Feb 1, 2023. This wall system value would characterize a financial savings of as much as $25,000 for the typical American residence versus standard development. The primary engineering prototype of Phoenix has accomplished a 27-foot-tall architectural demonstration construction, now on show in Austin, TX.


ICON’s digital catalog of ready-to-print residence structure options greater than 60 designs throughout 5 collections: Texas trendy, fire-resilient, storm-resilient, reasonably priced, and avant-garde. CODEX goals to make high-design and high-performance residential structure out there in any respect worth factors. CODEX permits builders, builders, and residential patrons to construct with ICON shortly and affordably utilizing world-class structure. ICON’s intention is for CODEX to be essentially the most complete digital catalog of buildable residence designs on the planet. It empowers ICON prospects to pick out most well-liked designs as a place to begin for his or her master-planned communities and developments. ICON will proceed to introduce new collections and also will companion with and compensate architects all around the world to function their designs. Three of the CODEX collections presently out there have been designed by BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group. Architects can submit their designs and builders can discover the collections and provoke tasks right here.


ICON’s CarbonX is a brand new low-carbon extrudable/printable concrete method. When paired with ICON’s wall system and robotic development strategies, ICON’s CarbonX method is the bottom carbon residential constructing system prepared for use at scale. A white paper co-authored with the MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub, titled ‘Lowering carbon emissions within the constructed setting: A case research in 3D-printed houses’ (revealed March 12, 2024), incorporates a case research of 3D printed houses using CarbonX. The life cycle evaluation outcomes of the white paper present that the embodied and operational impacts of 3D printed houses are decrease than stick-framed development. ICON might be transport CarbonX to the sphere in April 2024. ICON has additionally introduced that it’s going to make its materials out there to different tasks and prospects, not solely its personal 3D printed tasks. Future formulations of CarbonX are already in growth to scale back carbon footprint even additional and are anticipated to be introduced within the coming yr.


An AI system for designing and constructing houses. The last word objective of Vitruvius is to take human and venture inputs and produce sturdy structure, plans, permit-ready designs, budgets, and schedules. Launched with an open beta, Vitruvius will assist anybody design houses and generate ground plans, inside renders, and exterior renders in minutes primarily based on their very own wishes, budgets, and suggestions. By the tip of this yr, Vitruvius will progress all through schematic designs, and within the following yr, ICON believes its AI architect will have the ability to produce full development paperwork in addition to permit-ready designs, budgets, and schedules. What makes Vitruvius distinctive is the mix of design and development know-how – data that permits Vitruvius to supply designs that may truly be constructed.

ICON unveils new 3D construction robotics, software, and materials - including a new robotic printer and more.

Shifting ahead

“Sooner or later, I consider practically all development might be performed by robots, and practically all construction-related data might be processed and managed by AI methods. It’s clear to me that that is the best way to chop the price and time of development in half whereas making houses which can be twice pretty much as good and extra faithfully categorical the values and hopes of the individuals who dwell in them. We’re going to want the identical velocity of formidable technological breakthroughs that we’ve skilled in these previous few years, however we all know the place we’re headed. Going ahead, ICON is an AI and robotics firm targeted on remodeling the best way we construct and accelerating what we consider is a really thrilling future. Vitruvius will turn into the default methodology for ICON in designing customized houses. We intend to be promoting and constructing Vitruvius-designed houses starting this yr,” continued Ballard.

Throughout the showcase occasion at this yr’s SXSW, Initiative 99 successful designs have been additionally revealed from part I of the worldwide structure competitors to reimagine reasonably priced housing that might be constructed for $99,000 or much less with out sacrificing magnificence, dignity, consolation, sustainability, or resiliency. Greater than 60 international locations from all around the world have been represented within the submissions with six winners and ten honorable mentions being awarded prize cash from the $1M prize purse throughout the occasion and offered by Wells Fargo, the lead supporter of the competitors. The primary, second, and third-place designs in every class will every have their residence designs featured as a set in ICON’s CODEX.

ICON unveils new 3D construction robotics, software, and materials - including a new robotic printer and more.

Wells Fargo additionally introduced that its basis has dedicated $500,000 in grant funding to Cellular Loaves & Fishes, the Austin nonprofit that has been faithfully serving the world’s homeless neighborhood for greater than 25 years, to assist deliver to life Initiative 99-designed houses and see a number of houses constructed at Group First! Village (CFV) to serve the under-housed neighborhood. Upon completion of Part II of the worldwide design competitors, ICON and Cellular Loaves & Fishes will choose one successful design for ICON to ship a number of items inside CFV’s growth of their master-planned growth in Austin.

“ICON’s progressive 3D printed expertise paired with these lovely, imaginative Initiative 99 designs characterize a mannequin for the way forward for reasonably priced housing. Wells Fargo is proud to assist make these houses a actuality,” mentioned Darlene Goins, President of the Wells Fargo Basis.

ICON and companion Liz Lambert additionally unveiled additional plans to develop the brand new El Cosmico in Marfa, TX, to incorporate Initiative 99 successful designs the place the present bohemian campground is situated. This provides to the newly designed and reimagined 60+ acre growth of El Cosmico in far west Texas that may function a resort, hospitality facilities, and houses. The venture breaks floor this yr.

“In case you are an individual who desires to personal an ICON residence, we wish to hear from you in order that we all know what to design, the place to construct, and what your hopes are to your personal future,” mentioned Ballard. “In case you are a developer who wants help to ship your venture forward of schedule and beneath price range and be ok with what you’ve created on the planet, we wish to construct with you. In case you are a builder who desires to take essentially the most superior development instruments on the planet with you into the sphere, we wish to work with you. In case you are an architect, who desires to assist us develop totally new design languages and architectural vernaculars that align along with your tradition, values, and creativeness, we wish to work collectively. We wish to deliver the whole trade collectively and equip everybody with the instruments to correctly construct our future.”