3D Printing.com reports on a new initiative to construct 3D printed homes for Oregon wildfire survivors, with the goal of creating a new and brighter future.

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It’s been nearly six months since the Almeda wildfire decimated Oregon’s Rogue Valley, leaving over 2,600 families without homes. But now, something miraculous has emerged from the ashes – a community called New Spirit Village.

This ambitious project aims to rebuild and provide affordable housing to those affected by the fire. Through sustainable construction methods, like 3D printed homes, New Spirit Village may well become a beacon of hope and a model for other communities seeking to rebuild after nature’s catastrophes.

New Spirit Village is more than just a housing project; it’s a symbol of resilience and optimism in the face of tragedy. The founders are committed to bringing not just houses to rebuild, but also jobs and educational opportunities to give people the chance to lead happier lives.

This bright new community is a testament to the tenacity and strength of the people in the Rogue Valley. After months of crisis, they’ve been able to pick up the pieces and create something beautiful and inspiring out of the ruins. We can all learn a lesson from New Spirit Village: never lose hope. New Spirit Village is a welcoming community in Medford, Oregon, created by retired architects Barry and Kathryn Thalden, and built with the support of the Thalden Foundation. The village consists of 87 homes of various sizes – one, two and three-bedrooms – all situated on a six-acre piece of land. It’s a safe haven for those who need it, and it’s the Thaldens’ legacy that’s come to life. Twitter: 3D-printed homes offer low-cost living & speed up construction process. California wildfire funding allows families to move w/o down payment. Affordable price is maintained through land trust model. #affordablehousing #3Dprinting #realestate The debate rages on: Is 3D printing an effective and cost-efficient way of building our future? ICON, a construction technologies company, looking to push the boundaries of possibility staged a contest to design a 3D printed home with a price tag of under $99,000. A large array of entrants responded to the challenge, bringing innovative solutions to the conversation.

As an alternative to traditional construction, 3D printing technology has the potential to revolutionize the building process. It has unique advantages over traditional methods, such as faster construction, more efficient use of materials, higher accuracy and quality, and the ability to work with difficult-to-cut materials.

Despite the promise of 3D printing, some arguments still cast a cloud of doubt on the scalability and cost-effectiveness of the construction technology. The current cost of a 3D printer can be prohibitively high for many people and it can be difficult to secure a suitable building site for a 3D-printed home. Moreover, the scalability of the 3D printing process must be addressed before the technology can be widely adopted.

Nevertheless, the 3D printing industry is showing significant promise. The number of houses 3D-printed in 2020 already exceeds the number built in 2019, and the downward trend in the cost of 3D printing is making it increasingly cost-effective.

As more people become aware of the advantages of 3D printing, its popularity is likely to grow. It is clear that the potential for 3D printing technology is tremendous, and with further refinement of the process, it can become a standard for how we build our future. Many displaced families have cause to rejoice with the announcement of the groundbreaking of New Spirit Village. Slated for completion in 2024, the community is expected to provide much needed fire resistance and safety beginning with the first seven homes, which are ready for move-in by the end of this year.

This new village promises stability and comfort for the families who have been struggling in the past due to loss of home and income. By utilizing concrete construction, the community will be sure to provide a level of fire resistance and safety that is often lacking.

The concept for New Spirit Village originated with an effort to not only build a place of refuge, but also a place where residents can find support and access to resources to help them make a successful transition. By providing housing and an environment that is safe and secure, the village will be able to create an atmosphere conducive for community-building and friendship.

New Spirit Village is a beacon of hope for those in need of stable housing. This new development will give displaced families a central location to begin anew, build roots and be part of an inclusive community. Are you looking to stay in touch with what’s happening in the world of additive manufacturing? Make sure to follow us on our social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn and be sure to sign up for our weekly newsletter!

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