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Austin-based ICON building world's largest 3D home community nearby

The largest community of 3D homes is set to break ground next year. (Lennar and ICON)

One hundred 3D printed homes are coming to the Austin area next year, making it the largest 3D community in the world to date.

Pioneering large-scale 3D printing, ICON, the Austin-based company behind the first 3D printed homes in Austin, is taking its efforts toward alleviating the housing crisis to the next level. In a partnership with Lennar, one of the nation's leading homebuilders, the company will break ground on the first of the 100 homes in 2022. The exact location has not been disclosed.

(Lennar and ICON)

The homes will be co-designed by architecture firm, BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group. The firm promises a diverse collection of contemporary living spaces that are modern and innovative but still provide the suburban home aesthetic.

ICON prides its technology in producing resilient, energy-efficient homes faster than conventional construction methods with less waste and more design freedom. Its building material is meant to be stronger than traditional homes with the resilience to withstand extreme weather.

"ICON exists as a response to the global housing crisis and to put our technology in service to the world," said ICON co-founder and CEO Jason Ballard. "Construction-scale 3D printing not only delivers higher-quality homes faster and more affordably, but fleets of printers can change the way that entire communities are built for the better."

The large 3D community comes at a critical time for the housing market. Homebuyers have been competing neck-and-neck all year to land their dream home with few options and surging prices. A major part of ICON's mission is to alleviate some of the housing pressure Austin is facing, ICON Senior Project Manager Jenkins recently told Austonia.

There is already one small 3D-printed neighborhood in the city. Four 3D homes in East Austin were completed in August by ICON and partner 3Stands. The first two-story 3D-printed homes are in this community.

Here's a look inside a 3D printed home. (Laura Figi/Austonia)

ICON has had a busy year beyond building homes and has dabbled in space exploration with its Mars Dune Alpha and worked with the Texas Military Department to make 3D-printed training barracks.

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