Chinese firm 'prints' 10 houses per day

Firm uses recycled concrete to build homes for only $4,800

Frames for the 3D house being printed in Winsun Design Decoration Engineering Co's factory.
Frames for the 3D house being printed in Winsun Design Decoration Engineering Co's factory.

A Chinese company has come up with a framework model for using a huge 3D printer to print up to ten new homes in a day.

The company, Winsun Decoration Design Engineering Co, used four 3D printers which were 6.6m tall and 10m wide to produce 3D frames that spray a mix of cement, recycled concrete and construction waste and glass fibres to create panels that can then be easily erected and dropped into place on site.

The basic, box-style homes, cover a floor area of around 200m2.

The firm states that each of the basic homes costs around $4,800 each to build, with the lack of labour required and the cheap source of materials making them a cost-effective source of affordable housing.

The firm's CEO, Ma Yihe, said that he had bought parts for the 3D printers overseas and assembled them at a factory in Suzhou a number of years ago. It uses architectural software packages to create the frames and has already been approached by a housing group which is planning to build villas with the technology.

He also believes the same methods could eventually be used to create skyscrapers.

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