A Texas start-up introduces a cost-cutting way to build houses—by printing them

The neighborhood around East 17th Street in East Austin is a hodgepodge of residential construction techniques from the past century: stick frame and concrete block, asbestos shingles and stucco, structural insulated panels (SIPs) and insulated concrete forms (ICFs). A new development from Kansas City developer 3Strands and ICON, a Texas-based 3D-printing company, is not unusual for the rapidly densifying single-family neighborhood: four stand-alone units in tasteful black, white, and wood around a shared drive. But the…