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Chinese win race to print houses as 10 produced in a day for under £3,000 each

Chinese engineers appear to have stolen a march in the race to build the world’s first 3D printed house. 

The Shanghai WinSun Decoration Design Engineering Co has released images of a its new type of printed house, of which it made 10 in a day.

Unlike the 3D printed house taking shape in the north of Amsterdam by Dutch architect DUS, which is being built over the next three years from a printed set of rooms, the Chinese homes are assembled from a series of printed components. Each house will cost just $4800 (£2,800). An enormous 3D printer, 32 metres long, 10 metres wide and 6.6 metres high is used to make the components, website 3ders reported.

The “ink” used for the Shanghai 3D printed houses is based on high-grade cement and glass fibre. Like traditional 3D printers, the system deposits the material layer by layer, consistently building upward. 3ders says the houses are 200 sq m in size and are being built in Shanghai’s Qingpu district.

The houses are made from high-grade cement and glass fibre

“We purchased parts for the printer overseas, and assembled the machine in a factory in Suzhou,” 3ders quoted Ma Yihe, CEO of the company, as saying. “Such a new type of 3D-printed structure is environment-friendly and cost-effective.” He envisages the technology being able to supply homes at low cost for impoverished communities.

The company says that the first 3D printed house project will be launched in Qingdao, Shandong Province. A 3D printed building will be located in the Hi-tech Zone in Qingdao International Sculpture Park, to showcase new technologies. The building will be used to display various 3D printed products and to offer workshops to the public.

The Dutch house, meanwhile, is being printed using a “KamerMaker” machine, a giant, custom-made version of a desktop 3D printer that produces a material 10 times thicker than normal.

The finished structure will take the shape of a 13-room canal house made from scores of separate but interlocking components.

“These rooms will be structural entities on their own. We will then place them on top of each other to make a house,” DUS Architects co-founder and director, Martine de Wit has explained.


Use every means to lower the unit costs of energy to our industry including legislative measures then make use of mechanized methods to the full, yet design them to be very economical in the use of energy!
This includes standardization and mass production to make
housing affordable again.

  • 17th Apr 2014, at 08:44 PM
  • Mr Jose' Scalabrino MCIOB

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