The World’s First 3D-Printed Apartment Complex!

Jan 20, 2015 at 3:32 pm |

While some 3D printing companies are busy sending electronic wrenches into space, or making prosthetics for dogs, others are working on a grander scale.

The Chinese company WinSun has successfully constructed a five-story apartment building as well as a large luxury villa, all from a green-based printing material.

The printer, which stands 20 feet tall and 132 feet long, spits out a mixture of quick-drying cement combined with industrial waste and a special hardening agent to produce large pieces of the building, which are then transported and put together, like a super complex Ikea end table.

From far away the buildings look normal, albeit rather simple, but up close you can see the layering process used to create the buildings (which oddly resembles a pastry chef squeezing out a tube of frosting.)

The villa only costs about $161,000 to produce, and compared to traditional construction, WinSun has reduced production time by up to 70 percent and labour costs by between 50 and 80 percent.

Last year the same company was able to construct 10 houses in under 24 hours, so it doesn’t seem their printing prowess will be stopped any time soon. What’s next? The company says the sky’s the limit literally, they’d like to use the same technology to create skyscrapers and bridges in the future.

So pull out your old copy of SimCity, because you may need some practice before people start printing entire 3D cities.

Check out the incredible process WinSun uses to construct their buildings.

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