Construction technology company ICON has unveiled a new suite of products and technologies designed to further automate construction.

The new tools include a robotic printer that enables multistory construction, a digital catalog of ready-to-build home designs, a new low-carbon building material, and an artificial intelligence (AI) architect for home design and construction.

“This is the moment we’ve really been working for these past six years,” says Jason Ballard, ICON co-founder and CEO. “When we launched the company and the first permitted 3D-printed house in 2018 during SXSW, we set out to both decrease the cost and increase the quality of building instead of choosing one or the other. We didn’t want to just be the best at 3D printing, we wanted to be the best at building, period. Now, I believe we can say that is a reality.”

ICON’s new suite of robotics, software, and materials include:

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Phoenix: A multistory robotic construction system that has the capability of printing an entire building enclosure, including foundations and roof structures. By increasing speed and size and decreasing setup time and the number of required operators, this advanced robotic system is expected to reduce ICON printing costs by half.

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CODEX: This digital catalog of ready-to-print home architecture features more than 60 designs across five collections—Texas modern, fire-resilient, storm-resilient, affordable, and avant-garde. ICON’s aim for CODEX is to be the most comprehensive digital catalog of buildable home designs in the world.

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CarbonX: CarbonX is a new low-carbon extrudable/printable concrete formula. ICON will be shipping CarbonX to the field in April. Future formulations of CarbonX are already in development to reduce carbon footprint even further and are expected to be announced in the coming year.

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Vitruvius: Vitruvius is an AI system for designing and building homes. Its goal is to take human and project inputs and produce robust architecture, plans, permit-ready designs, budgets, and schedules. By the end of this year, Vitruvius will progress all the way through schematic designs, and, in the following year, ICON believes its AI architect will be able to produce full construction documents as well as permit-ready designs, budgets, and schedules.

“In the future, I believe nearly all construction will be done by robots, and nearly all construction-related information will be processed and managed by AI systems,” continues Ballard. “It is clear to me that this is the way to cut the cost and time of construction in half while making homes that are twice as good and more faithfully express the values and hopes of the people who live in them.”