Chinese Company Cranks Out 10 3D-Printed Houses In 24 Hours

In the future, houses will be 3D-printed using recycled construction waste and tailings... oops, by “the future” we meant China! A Shanghai-based construction company took a mere 24 hours to slap together 10 3D-printed houses and while the homes aren't exactly mansions, they're the ultimate cheap digs.

Shanghai WinSun Decoration Design Engineering Co built the houses, each offering approximately of 200 sq m (2,150 sq ft) of living space, in Shanghai's Qingpu district to demonstrate the potential of large-scale 3D-printing technology.

Now don't get TOO excited... the homes weren't stamped out fully formed like giant chocolate chip cookies. Instead, structural components for the homes were printed out by an enormous 3D-printer and assembled on-site. The method saves time, labor and above all, expense.

Did we mention the 3D-printer is huge? How does 32 meters (105 ft) long, 10 meters (33 ft) wide and 6.6 meters (21.65 ft) high sound. "We purchased parts for the printer overseas,” explained Ma Yihe (above), CEO of Shanghai WinSun Decoration Design Engineering Co, “and assembled the machine in a factory in Suzhou." It's not known whether the printer parts themselves were 3D-printed but hey, wouldn't THAT be cool?

The “ink” used to 3D-print the components is made from a slurry of construction waste, industrial waste and mine tailings that hardens to the consistency of concrete.  It might not be pretty but the method is both environmentally-friendly and cost-effective.

One can hardly argue with the results: small but habitable housing units selling for the equivalent of $4,800 each! Shanghai WinSun Decoration Design Engineering Co intends to build 100 waste-recycling factories across China. With a steady supply of 3D-printing material on tap, low-income Chinese can look forward to more affordable housing and an improved environment. (via 3ders and Dongguan Today)