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A robot can build this $10,000 house within 12 hours - take a look inside

A robot can build this $10,000 house within 12 hours - take a look inside
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New Story and ICON's 3D-printed house.

Building a house by hand can be both time-consuming and costly, so some homebuilders are now automating part of the construction process.

The homebuilding startup ICON uses a 3D-printing robot that can make parts for houses. The machine can print the walls, roof, and floor of a 650-square-foot model in as little as 12 hours. The windows, doors, plumbing, and electrical systems are then added by a human worker.

As The Verge notes, ICON debuted a prototype of the house at this year's SXSW festival in Austin, Texas. Partnering with the international nonprofit New Story, the company plan to build dozens more for low-income communities in El Salvador by the end of 2019.

Check out the home below.

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