A Giant 3D Printer Builds Ten Houses In One Day

09/08/2014 09:45 am ET | Updated Sep 08, 2014

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by Rory Stott

Chinese company WinSun Decoration Design Engineering has constructed a set of ten single story, 3D-printed homes which it produced in under 24 hours. The homes, printed in prefabricated panels which fit together on site, were created using WinSun’s custom-built 3D printer which measures 10 meters by 6.6 meters, and took the company twelve years to develop.

Formed with a cement-based mixture containing construction waste and glass fiber, each of the houses cost just $5,000 to build.

Though the houses created so far are fairly simple, CEO of WinSun Ma Yihe is optimistic about the future of the technology, saying that he hopes to one day use their 3D printer to create skyscrapers. Speaking to the International Business Times, Ma said: “Industrial waste from demolished buildings is damaging our environment, but with 3D-printing, we are able to recycle construction waste and turn it into new building materials. This would create a much safer environment for construction workers and greatly reduce construction costs.”

Each of the houses is designed to accommodate plumbing, electrical wiring and insulation which are all added after construction.

Other companies have been experimenting with plans to 3D print entire buildings, most notably Dus Architects and Ultimaker in the Netherlands. Find out more about their plans here.

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