Rome wasn’t built in a day, but these homes in China were, thanks to the invention of 3D printing!
Recently, a Chinese company by the name of WinSun Decoration Design Engineering showcased the capabilities of their giant 3D printer by rapidly building 10 one-story houses in less than 24 hours.The houses are constructed of a mix of quick-dry cement that allows the walls to be built layer by layer. This process is similar to how a baker would ice a cake. Each of the 3D-printed homes is approximately 2,100 square-feet and cost less than 5,000 U.S. dollars to build.
The printer parts that were used in the 3D-printed house project were purchased overseas and assembled in a factory. This made a new type of 3D-printed structure that was environmentally friendly and cost effective.
However, this isn’t the first time that the world has seen 3D printing-based construction. In fact, researchers at the University of Southern California invented a 3D printer that is capable of building a 2,500 square-foot house within a 24-hour timeframe. This was accomplished through a process known as contour crafting, which is a layered fabrication technology that has great potential for automating the construction of whole structures, in addition to sub-components.
This latest development in the 3D printing and construction world could help ease housing crises in developing countries.
At Inventionland, we are always interested in the new innovations that are swirling around the 3D printing world. However, inside of our world, we have 27 3D printers, two of which were made from 3D-printed parts! These printers allow us to quickly make and replicate projects, much like the 3D printers that were used in the WinSun project.
As of right now, this type of 3D printing is reserved for the housing market; however, WinSun hopes to expand this innovative technology to build skyscrapers!
Here is a quick look at WinSun’s latest 3D printing construction invention!