3D printing is certainly an exciting new technology, with many raving about its numerous possibilities in the future. However, a recent project by a Chinese firm has raised the bar to entirely new levels.
At the end of January, Shanghai-based engineering outfit WinSun constructed a five-storey apartment building and an elaborate neoclassical mansion - using a giant 3D printer. WinSun created the buildings using a special mix of recycled construction waste, which was processed through the 40-metre-long printer.
The company had already made headlines with its 3D printing exploits last year when it constructed 10 houses - in the space of just 24 hours.
WinSun's latest feat will certainly have made numerous industries around the world sit up and take notice. Its technology could particularly have an impact on the construction sector - where, coupled with sophisticated architecture software, companies may forever change how buildings are produced.
In fact, there is already substantial interest from different corners of the globe. A Taiwanese real estate group and the Egyptian government have made sizeable pre-orders for the single-unit dwellings WinSun printed last year.
Ma Rongquan, chief engineer of China Construction No.8 Engineering Bureau, said he was overall satisfied with the quality of WinSun's latest creations.
"These two houses are in full compliance with the relevant national standards," he told 3Ders.org, as quoted in a January 18 article.
"It is safe, reliable and features a good integration of architecture and decoration. But as there is no specific national standard for 3D printing architecture, we need to revise and improve such a standard for the future."
According to WinSun, the 3D printing construction process can save up to 60 per cent of construction waste, decrease production time by up to 70 per cent and slash labour costs by as much as 80 per cent.
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