There’s a lot you can do with a 3D printer. Now add building a house in a day to the list.
Make that ten houses, actually.
The WinSun Decoration Design Engineering Co. has printed ten homes in 24 hours out of recycled materials.
This isn’t the first attempt at 3D printing large structures in a short amount of time. Researchers in California are making a printer that can build a house in 24 hours.
In Amsterdam earlier this month, construction of a 3D-printed house began. The house is made out of plastic bricks that fit together like Lego. It’s also being printed onsite.
The Chinese houses, on the other hand, weren’t built onsite. They were printed in pieces and then put together in Shanghai’s Qingpu district.
The pieces are made using recycled construction materials and industrial waste to form a concrete aggregate, Gizmodo reports. The 3D printer used to build the houses is 500 feet long, 33 feet wide and 20 feet high. Each home costs around $4,800.
“We purchased parts for the printer overseas, and assembled the machine in a factory in Suzhou,” the company’s CEO, Ma Yihe, told 3ders. “Such a new type of 3D-printed structure is environment-friendly and cost-effective.”