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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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