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Local company builds first 3D-printed military barracks in Austin-area

The new barracks sit at Camp Swift in Bastrop. (ICON)

You know what they say, everything's bigger in Texas, and an Austin-based 3D-printing construction company is making sure of it.

ICON and the Texas Military Department revealed a partnership this morning, building the largest 3D-printed structure in North America, a 3,800 square foot building that will serve as training barracks and housing for up to 72 soldiers and airmen at Camp Swift Training Center in Bastrop.


Soldiers will move into the barracks starting this fall, becoming the first soldiers in the world to live in a 3D-printed facility. Col. Zebadiah Miller, director of facilities for the Texas Military Department, said soldiers from all over the state will come to train and mobilize at Camp Swift.

An interior look at the Camp Swift barracks. (ICON)

Designed by Logan Architecture, which is also responsible for designing ICON's 3D-printed homes, the structure is more sustainable and designed to last longer than a traditional building. ICON Co-Founder Evan Loomis said the company hopes to scale commercial additive manufacturing globally.

ICON's 3D-printed technology is in the home, the military and soon to be in space. (ICON)


ICON cites the technology builds faster and cheaper than traditional methods and will enable the military to build infrastructure that can support communities during national disasters.

"ICON continues our missional work to deliver dignified, resilient shelter for social housing, disaster-relief housing, market-rate homes, and now, homes for those serving our country," Loomis said. "This is the beginning of a true paradigm shift in homebuilding."

Coming to life in 2018 with one of the first 3D-printed homes, ICON has since grown to be a powerhouse, building 3D printed neighborhoods in Austin and partnering with NASA on building a rocket landing pad and a Mars habitat.

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Tito's releases (not so?) ugly sweater line for the holidays, profits to charity

Tito's Handmade Vodka

Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.

There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.

All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

Click here to see the entire collection in the Tito's store.

Mac and Cheese Fest and Free Art Exhibit
Waterloo Greenway, Good Vibrations Installation


🗓 All weekend

🎨 Creek Show Art Exhibit

Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities

All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park

✨ Mozart's Light Show

This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.

6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

🗓 Saturday

🥊 Kickboxing in the Park

This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.

10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park

🛍 The Front Market

Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.

11 a.m - 5 p.m | 📍Ani's Day and Night - 7107 E Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78741

🗓 Sunday

🧀 Mac and Cheese Fest

Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.

11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway