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China Company Builds 10 Homes in 1 Day

Thursday, May 1, 2014

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Bee-swarm-intensity construction projects are nothing new for China. After all, it took one builder just 15 days to construct a 30-story hotel there.

However, a building materials producer may have discovered the secret to even faster construction—using powerful printing technology in lieu of labor.

Reports say WinSun New Materials, based in Suzhou, China, has constructed 10 small houses in 24 hours using recycled materials and 3D printers.

The company used four printers with multi-directional sprays to build the one-story, stand-alone structures, reports relate.

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The 200-square-meter houses are printed using blocks made of concrete, sand, glass fiber, and construction waste.

The houses are made using blocks composed of quick-drying concrete, sand, glass fiber, and construction waste. This video captures the innovative building process.

‘Fast, Cheap’ Home Building

The 3D-printed homes are both environmentally friendly and cost effective, according to Ma Yihe, who invented the industrial-sized printers used.

“To obtain natural stone, we have to employ miners, dig up blocks of stone, and saw them into pieces. This badly damages the environment,” Yihe told the state news agency Xinhua.

“But with the 3D printing, we recycle mine tailings into usable materials. And we can print buildings with any digital design our customers bring us. It's fast and cheap,” Yihe said.

3D Printed building
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The printer technology used to build the houses took 12 years to develop.

The houses can be built for less than $5,000 USD each, and the process spares workers from hazardous or dusty work environments, Yihe said.

Yihe said he spent 12 years developing the printing technology.

Quality Control

As the blocks are printed out, the company reportedly conducts quality checks. There aren’t any building codes for 3D printed buildings in China yet, Xinhua reports.

WinSun hopes to use the technology to address housing shortages and, eventually, build skyscrapers, according to reports.

Project in Amsterdam

Architects in Amsterdam are also experimenting with 3D printing buildings.

Dus Architects are using a giant 3D printer to construct a 13-room traditional Dutch canal house.

That project, however, is expected to take three years.

   

Tagged categories: 3D printing; Architecture; Building design; Color + Design; Home builders; Residential Construction

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