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How Alex Le Roux Is Reimagining The Future Of Construction With 3D Printing | Forbes

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While studying at Baylor University, Le Roux had a hunch: “What if 3D printers were a lot bigger? What if we could use concrete?” Now he’s the mastermind behind the Vulcan, a nearly 12-foot-tall 3D printer that can make a concrete house in 24 hours for up to 30% cheaper. His startup, Icon, which he founded with over-30-year-olds Evan Loomis and Jason Ballard, used the Vulcan to build America’s first permit- ted compliant 3D-printed home in 2018. Since then it has built 16 more in Austin, Texas, and expanded into Mexico, where Icon is making the world’s first 3D-printed community for low-income families. He has raised $44 million (including from the late Paul Allen’s Vulcan Capital) and scored contracts to build bar- racks for the Defense Department. Icon recently received funding to help NASA figure out how to build structures on the moon.

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