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ICON, an Austin-based construction technologies company, on Monday unveiled its new “Vulcan II” 3D printer that can print up to a 2,000 square foot house quickly at half the cost.
“It’s four times as big, it’s twice as fast, and it’s going to start shipping to customers next month,” said Jason Ballard, CEO and Co-founder of ICON.
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The Vulcan II is ICON's first commercially available construction 3D printer. Designed specifically to produce resilient single-story buildings faster, more affordably, and with more design freedom. It has expanded the footprint to approximately 2,000 square feet and has an adjustable width (to accommodate different slab sizes) and is transported in custom trailer with no assembly required. The Vulcan II can be operated by anyone with basic training thanks to the improvements in automation, mechatronics and a suite of specialized software.
The Vulcan II features intuitive tablet-based controls, remote monitoring and support, onboard LED lighting for printing at night or during low-light conditions, and a custom software suite ensuring set-up, operations, and maintenance are as simple and straightforward as possible.
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The Vulcan II stands 11.5' tall and can print wall structures up to 8.5' tall. It spans 33' and can print on foundations up to 28' wide. The printer prints a 1" tall, 2" wide print bead at a linear horizontal operating speed of 5–7" / second. Each Vulcan II 3D printer comes with an integrated tablet-based operating system for controlling every aspect of print operations via an intuitive and simple user interface.
ICON has also created proprietary concrete/mortar material which it calls...
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