70-Year-Old Homeless Man Becomes First Person To Live In a 3D-Printed Icon House

Tim Shea, 70, has come a long way since his days as a homeless heroin addict. In what feels like a 180° life transformation, he moved to the outskirts of Austin, Texas, to live in a 400-square-foot home constructed by 3D homebuilding company Icon. The Community First Village is a 51-acre site that accommodates 500 homes for the chronically homeless. Icon 3D homes, printed with a Vulcan II printer, feature one bedroom, one bath, a full kitchen, a living room, and a large porch. CEO Jason Ballard says Icon’s mission is to give hope to people who have no place to call home by making “dignified housing” accessible to everyone.