WinSun, a Chinese firm has one-upped every 3D printing developer out there. They haven’t developed a 3D printer for the home, their device MAKES the home.
Using a mixture of concrete and construction waste, this device can print up to ten houses a day. Are they big? Nope, but they are functional, livable spaces, and they only cost a paltry $5,000 each to build. A quad of 10×6.6m printers spit these suckers out in just a few hours, and that’s great news for low-income, or disaster prone areas. Instead of trucking In FEMA trailers, I bet it’s far faster to truck in small HVAC and plumbing units.
“We can print buildings to any digital design our customers bring us. It’s fast and cheap,” says WinSun chief executive Ma Yihe. He also hopes his printers can be used to build skyscrapers in the future. At the moment, however, Chinese construction regulations do not allow multi-storey 3D-printed houses, Xinhua says.
So add construction to the latest industry that 3D printing is going to revolutionize. By laying out the basic structure of the building with the printer, entire homes can be finished up to code in a snap. Habitat for Humanity is going to be very excited about these developments, and so are people in Africa. The Chinese have already raised 30-story buildings in about two weeks without 3D printing, how long will it be before your dream home takes less time to arrive than an order from Amazon?