Rapid-Fire, 3D Printing Process Builds 10 Homes In 24 Hours

Rapid-Fire, 3D Printing Process Builds 10 Homes In 24 Hours

Chinese firm Winsun New Materials builds houses using industrial waste.

Leah Gonzalez
  • 21 april 2014

Winsun Decoration Design Engineering Co., a construction materials firm based in Suzhou, China, has built ten homes in a day using a giant 3D printer.

This isn’t the first time that a firm has used 3D-printing technology to build a house, but it seems to be the first time that a firm has done so in rapid fire time.

According to an article on The Wall Street Journal, the company spent 20 million yuan or $3.2 million and 12 years developing the 3D printer, which measures 6.6. meters tall, 10 meters wide, and 150 meters long. The printer uses ink made from a mixture of recycled construction and industrial waste and glass fibers.


The 3D-printed houses were 200 square meters in size and were printed piece by piece before they were assembled in the Qingpu district in Shanghai. Each home is estimated to cost $4,800 each.

Although it may take some time before the technology becomes widely used to create houses because of regulatory concerns, the company is apparently planning to open recycling plants in the country to turn industrial waste into ink for their special 3D printers. The firm hopes that the technology can be used to create eco-friendly and affordable housing.


[h/t] WSJ, Inhabitat


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