Texas group hopes 3-D printing technology will help create affordable homes

A group in Texas uses a huge 3-D printer to create homes. (Photo: NBC News)

AUSTIN, Texas (WTHR) - When you think of 3-D printers, the first thing that comes to mind probably isn't a house.

But in Texas, that's exactly what they're building with the new technology.

They are "printing" homes that will be used to provide affordable housing and places for the homeless.

"You print the entire wall segment up to its height, and then you add your windows and doors because you leave the cut-outs for those," said Dmitri Julius, Icon 24 operations director. "Pop on your roof and a few weeks later, you have yourself a move-in ready house."

Alan Graham is the CEO of the non-profit that created Community First Village.

"This is one of the ways to do it. We look forward to this being a larger piece of the puzzle, how we begin to address this extraordinary issue of affordable housing."

The 3-D printer uses a concrete mix to build the houses. They say the welcome center took just 27 hours to make.

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