Jan 18, 2015 | By Kira

On March 29, 2014, ten 3D printed houses, each measuring 200 square meters, appeared in Shanghai, China. The buildings were created entirely out of concrete using a gigantic 3D printer, and each costs only 30,000 RMB ($4,800).

Today, just ten months after the initial project, the company behind these 3D printed buildings, Shanghai WinSun Decoration Design Engineering Co, made a new announcement that will take 3D printed buildings to a whole new level: they have built the highest 3D printed building, a 5-storey residential house and the world's first 3D printed villa. The villa measures 1,100 square meters and even comes complete with internal and external decorations.

Now in their 12th year of business, WinSun holds 98 national patents for construction materials. Their experiences in construction have allowed them to truly innovate in the area of 3D printing technology. For example in the 2004 and 2005, the company developed a 3D printing spray nozzle and automatic material feeding system. Then, in 2008, WinSun printed the wall of an actual building.

Today's press conference attracted more than 300 building industry experts, investment bankers as well as media reporters. Ma Yi He, CEO of WinSun explained: the company's success is due to their unique and leading techniques. First is their exclusive 3D printing 'ink,' which is a mixture of recycled construction waste, glass fiber, steel, cement and special additives. According to Ma, waste from recycling construction and mine rest produces a lot of carbon emissions, but with 3D printing, the company has turned that waste into brand new building materials. This process also means that construction workers are at less risk of coming into contact with hazardous materials or work environments.

The company told us that the 3D printing villa was specially designed for Tomson Group, one of the most well-known Taiwanese-owned real estate company. The total costs attached to printing this villa amount to more than 1 million yuan ((161k USD), though 10 sets have already been pre-ordered.

The second trick up their sleeve is the printer used to build the houses, which is 6.6 meters tall 10 meters wide, and 150 meters long. "This is the world's first continuous printing 3D printer, and the largest 3D house printer in the world." said Ma. The sheer size of the printer allows for a 10x increase in production efficiency. WinSun estimates that 3D printing technology can save between 30 and 60 percent of building materials and shortens production times by 50 to even 70 percent, while decreasing labor costs by 50 up to even 80 percent. Future applications include 3D printed bridges or tall office buildings that can be built right on site.

WinSun also uses architectural design software to integrate different designs and to meet the needs of various building structures, so they are not limited to just printing cookie-cutter houses.

Ma hopes that with their 3D printing technology, they can subvert the commonly held image of a construction site: an extremely noisy, dusty area and an eyesore in almost any neighborhood. The dry construction method used by WinSun is clean, compact, and much more time efficient—without compromising quality.

"These two houses are in full compliance with the relevant national standards," Ma Rongquan, the Chief engineer of China Construction No.8 Engineering Bureau, explained. "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."

Construction standards for 3D printing building below 100 meters

Construction standards for 3D printing building above 100 meters

Today's display site featured also a single-story house pre-ordered by the Egyptian government, which will soon be shipped to Egypt. As Ma explained, "This house was printed within a single day, and is part of a total order of 20,000 units."

And if the 3D printed villa and 6-storey residential house weren't enough, WinSun made three additional announcements today. The first is that they will collaborate with Nile Sand Material Technology Co. LTD. Within two years, both companies plan to establish 12 Dream Factories in desert using a sand 3D printer developed by WinSun. They are currently looking for new materials to be combined with the sand. Ma said that its energy and material saving abilities, as well as the environmental protection it offers, are the greatest advantages of 3D printed architecture. They have found that desert sand is an excellent building material, which can be used to create sand fixation walls and vertical green walls for the desertification control of the sand.

WinSun also signed contracts with Winsun Global, is a joint venture consisting of Winsun and an American company. Over the next three years, they will set up factories in Saudi Arabia, the U.A.E, Qatar, Morocco, Tunisia and the United States and more than other 20 countries, in order to popularize 3D printing building. They also aim to – especially for the Middle East and Africa – to provide cheap and efficient homes for low-income families. The first series of 3D printing equipment are already set to be shipped abroad.

Finally, WinSun has announced a joint venture with the China Railway 24th Bureau Group. WinSun will become China Railway's engineering and technology DIY center to develop technologies for its 'Dream Factories' worldwide. They will cooperate with the China Railway to build 5 factories in Shanghai Zhangjiang high-tech Park, in Hebei and the Heilongjiang provinces, as well as in Mexico and Russia.

WinSun also signed contracts with Korea KDC Corporation, KIP Pavilion at Milan Expo and will collaborate with designers from around the world to continue building 3D printed houses.

By improving efficiency, reducing waste, and making construction sites less dangerous and also less of an eyesore, WinSun could change the very way that we think about construction. Their 3D printed houses could create family homes in areas where building was previously too difficult or expensive, and eventually business and even schools. Once they get the ball rolling, it's not hard to imagine going from a 3D printed villa, to a 3D printed village.

Check out below more photos of world's first 3D printed villa and tallest 3D printed apartment building in China, photographed by 3ders' reporter Li.

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Images credit: Li / 3ders.org

 

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Davo wrote at 6/26/2016 5:54:39 PM:

They have a long way to go with 3D house printing, however it's clear that this will only improve over time.

Wade Smith wrote at 6/3/2016 4:07:10 PM:

Now that American housing industry will have to drop their price by folds, it should be used everywhere to make affordable house for everyone.

PetrosPolychronis wrote at 5/20/2016 8:52:55 PM:

First question How long does it take to print those all those peaces? how much time do they have to dry before transportation? how do you glue them together?

Tariq wrote at 5/13/2016 2:11:24 AM:

Amazing, what 3d printing can do for the world. Thanks! #China.

Sidney wrote at 4/28/2016 4:57:26 AM:

I would like to work for you. I'm Canadian. christofi.sidney@gmail.com, I love what your are doing.

Jose A Torres wrote at 4/27/2016 1:40:47 AM:

Hello, I am interested in a 3d printer for a social project. I am in Ecuador and there is a huge need for reconstruction. I anyone found who has the technology and if it available please contact me. jose.torres@singularityu.org all the best José A

Abby wrote at 3/7/2016 10:12:48 PM:

Hello, I am really interested in this 3D printer, can I order? let me know all info, my email: abbyhuang115@gmail.com

Julia wrote at 1/25/2016 7:15:56 AM:

Dear Sir, I have read the information about your 3d printer. This is a fantastic concept. I'm interested in buying such printer and maybe not one in order to start building houses in our region. Can you please send me more information how to buy such printer to my e-mail jasotskaya@gmail.com? Please, send me conditions, your address and terms of delivery if possible. I would be eagerly waiting for your response. Thank you in advance.

Unnikrishnan.V.P wrote at 11/28/2015 4:12:52 PM:

Sir, How can I order one ? Is there any way for me to get a villa for $4900 ? unnimuyipoth@gmail.com

jj wrote at 10/19/2015 9:58:44 PM:

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Rohit Yadav wrote at 10/13/2015 7:17:40 PM:

Hi I am Rohit Yadav from Mumbai India. I just loved this technology.... can we import these huge 3d printers to India... what is the training required and are you having an expo in China soon.... Please mail me the details on rohitrrcs@gmail.com.... Thanks...

Bruno Nado Khonzho wrote at 8/30/2015 6:02:51 PM:

Hallo Daer Mr Winsun ,I living in Germany, I want to buid a 2 story house in Luanda/angola using this technology, i will introduce this concept to my country with Angola government .will like to visit your factory . Can you please send me details and Price in my e-mai id kefiflorinel@gmail.com? I would be eagerly waiting for your response. Bruno

Bowo Olagbegi wrote at 8/30/2015 12:04:31 AM:

INTERESTING.NIGERIA HAS A HOUSING DEFICIT OF OVER 10 MILLION. WILL LIKE TO INTRODUCE THIS CONCEPT TO NIGERIA . WILL LIKE TO VISIT YOUR FACTORY ASAP bolagbegi@asherlogic.com

Tony Tuthill wrote at 8/24/2015 9:50:52 PM:

Wishlist Items: - Add Wind, Hydro, Piezo, EM, Bio Energy harvesting into 3D Printed structures. Q: How many ways can you add energy harnessing - More arches and arcs. Circular design. - All structures should try to reclaim any water that comes into contact with the structure and yard. Incorporating sands/ charcoals into design to filter ground water and redirect it to a cistern. - Bring back sub-basements, root cellar, ice storage rooms for food storage and passive air conditioning. - Most of the structure is underground. Reducing footprint.

Rudolf MARCHAND wrote at 8/19/2015 5:28:36 PM:

Oostende, 19 augustus 2015. Hallo WINSUN, We are Armand, Peter & Rudolf MARCHAND from Oostende in BELGIUM. Since 1972 together in business. We (with our company) want to be AGENT for WINSUN for EUROPE, or at least for BeNeLux = Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg. Can You give us more information, also about the Big 3D-PRINTER ? If needed, I will come to Your office in Shanghai, it should be my pleasure to work with You. Sincerely, Rudolf MARCHAND +32 (0)488 560 430 rudolf.marchand@gmail.com cpemarch@gmail.com

shravanthu wrote at 8/17/2015 6:41:22 PM:

what type of materials were used for printing?and what were the exact strength of those buildings?

Ben wrote at 8/8/2015 8:59:03 PM:

Things that probably aren't 3d printed .Rebar,concrete,wrought iron railings,adhesives. Tasks that must be done by humans like digging foundations mixing concrete,installing electrical, plumbing,carpet install,basic assembly,painting,building a fireplace,applying for permits,supervising construction,getting financing etc.A major breakthrough but many years away from 100% automated construction.

Valère Hofstetter wrote at 8/3/2015 1:57:59 PM:

When will your product be available in Switzerland? I am looking forward to buying your concrete 3D printer to built algae farm and other bioreactor. If you are looking for potential customer you can contact: valere.hofstetter@arrco2.ch.

Debraj Manna wrote at 8/1/2015 2:05:12 AM:

I want to buid a 3 story house in india using this technology. Can you please send me details in my e-mai id manna.debraj87@gmail.com? I would be eagerly waiting for your response.

Terry Smith wrote at 7/29/2015 8:56:44 AM:

How do you print a flat ceiling? Walls are fine - each layer is supported by the layer under it. But a flat ceiling has nothing under it. The layer is just printed into air. What stops the extrusion falling to the floor as it is extruded?

Aliyavar G Inamdar wrote at 7/28/2015 10:34:43 PM:

Hey there, This is a fantastic concept. Now u have shown that its commercially viable as well. Will definitely want to visit your sites and your facilities. Please do contact me on aliyavar.inamdar@gmail.com ( 091 9822656712)

KAPIL CHHILLAR wrote at 7/22/2015 5:59:21 AM:

Hii.. Myself Kapil chhillar From INDIA want to invest in this technology, i have large market to devlop this houses and selling. Plz contact me at +91 9802154934.

SAMIRAN PAHARI wrote at 7/20/2015 9:05:20 PM:

Sir, I am Samiran Pahari from India. This is very nice technology. I really want this to build up a four storied house. Please send me the approximate cost. I am ready. Email: spahar11@gmail.com phn no: +91-842024437

chani lau wrote at 7/12/2015 5:37:30 PM:

we are looking to build 1200 low income housing development consist of 650 sq feet have the design and all units are same like to get your feed back if it is possible and also some estimates

Yohann Candido wrote at 7/9/2015 4:23:53 PM:

I need detailed information for a young entrepreneur project.Urgent

David Hill wrote at 6/25/2015 1:37:07 AM:

How long until this comes available to Australia I'm ready to build now

Adri wrote at 6/15/2015 1:35:37 PM:

Hi, i need to know who wrote this article: Kira? Her last name? Thanks!!

:Jeff-Louis: G. wrote at 6/1/2015 4:33:11 AM:

How do we get pricing and availability of this 3-D technology? Current San Diego movie studio potential for current project and also in Baja California, Mexico current sustainability project printing domes and other functional living structures and solutions.

Al wrote at 5/29/2015 1:18:25 PM:

Have they tested a fully built structure on an earthquake simulator? Does the layer adhesion hold up well? Does the glass fiber in the concrete resist crack formation and propagation well enough for the structure to survive large earthquakes?

Al wrote at 5/29/2015 1:00:05 PM:

Seems like modular construction using 3d printers to form concrete modules offsite instead of precasting the modules in multiuse molds. Labor savings for the module producer I guess. If they applied a fiberglass mat to all the wall surfaces under a skim coat of concrete, the structures would be more resistant to earthquake damage. Diagonal rebar in addition to the horizontal and vertical seen in the pictures would also help resist crack propagation in an earthquake. Earthquake deaths from building collapse can be quite high. Hope they design to higher seismic building codes!

eA wrote at 5/29/2015 7:18:38 AM:

Incredible what you can make with fibre reinforced calcium sulfoaluminate cements.

rashid wrote at 5/25/2015 2:42:16 AM:

a lovely experience this would be for the whole world. 3d printed homes would be revolutionary in future

TONY YONG wrote at 5/12/2015 10:17:38 AM:

DEAR SIR I WILL LIKE TO VISIT YOU. PLEASE SEND ME MORE INFO OF YOUR COMPANY. MY CONTACT AS FOLLOW: TONY YONG SHINYO ENGINEERING & CONSTRUCTION PTE LTD. 138,BISHAN STREET 12,#07-454 SINGAPORE 507138 E.MAIL: LIMOCABTONY@GMAIL.COM 65-98561673.

Jamal Ashur wrote at 5/11/2015 4:17:04 PM:

This technology is very intersting and i would like technical information and investment costs for 3 D printing equipment to construct houses for Libya market. LLB co. jamalashur2014@hotmail.com Mobile 00218913220930 0035699678170

Refilwe wrote at 4/25/2015 8:23:24 PM:

We are also developing similar technology in South Africa at the University of Johannesburg. We are primary focused on low cost housing but Still looking for funding to develop the technology. Refilwe refled@gmail.com

Tony Capasso wrote at 4/16/2015 3:10:10 AM:

I am working on this technology as well , mechanical engineers developers and Chemists please contact me Tony@efunder.com

Tony Capasso wrote at 4/16/2015 3:04:32 AM:

I am also developing this technology developers mechanical engineers and chemists feel free to contact me at tony@efunder.com Love to have you join the team

Pakingzzz. wrote at 3/20/2015 3:18:45 PM:

Quite some nice tech.. I am planning on building something like that. But mine wont squirt out fast drying mortar as theirs,instead mine will focuse more on the traditional way of building houses in West Africa. It will squirt mortar,drop a block and then move on to repeat the cycle. It's going to be more than a 3d printer,its going to get up to 8 axis. I shall document the project in nairaland.Com when i get started. I can also be reached via kingsleyobinna26@yahoo.Com for comments or questions.

future wrote at 3/15/2015 11:51:51 PM:

Contour Crafting did not invent 3d printing. They themself's took the idea. While the americans procrastinate and do TED talks and pose for pictures the chinese are moving forward and are printing buildings and signing mega contracts to print out the world.

future wrote at 3/15/2015 11:46:10 PM:

Contour Crafting did not invent 3d printing. They themself's took the idea. While the americans procrastinate and do TED talks and pose for pictures the chinese are moving forward and are printing buildings and signing mega contracts to print out the world.

Wilson wrote at 3/15/2015 5:31:48 AM:

his technology was stolen You all know that ! We will spend a lot of effort into it to let the world know! This Chinese technology is making it possible for the american dream to be a reality again. No more damned micro apartments or shipping container homes which is all anyone can afford anymore. hahaha Theft Shame on You Chinese Shame on you.

KRISHNA MOHAN wrote at 3/14/2015 7:21:22 PM:

i m an indian namely Krishna mohan. I am very very inteested to be the first man to construct a five storeyed commercial complex in INDIA. may i have further business details please on mobile 9848165604

AndrewP wrote at 3/11/2015 3:27:06 PM:

it possible

Francis Baiden wrote at 3/10/2015 1:55:00 PM:

Can this technology be introduce in Africa to solve our huge Housing shortage problems

Krisna wrote at 3/9/2015 2:16:17 AM:

Some people here ask how is this different and cheaper than precast concrete. Well precast concrete is just that. Concrete that were cast before assembling in the overall structure. Therefore it requires a cast that cost money and requires more manpower to built and assemble the cast before pouring concrete with supervision and then disassemble the cast. All this cost money. Winsun claim their 3D printed concrete cost 30-70% less and I think that makes sense.

Krisna wrote at 3/9/2015 2:03:55 AM:

Many of you are asking how is this different from precast concrete. Granted, precast can give smoother surface finish and use the same raw (as this 3D printed concrete) material at similar amount (probably). But you have to remember that PRECAST is just that. Concrete that was CAST offsite before installation. The cast itself will cost money (since they don't last forever). And however you're going to look at it, it will require more people to make a precast concrete with the same volume of 3D printed concrete (from assembling the cast, supervising concrete pouring, disassembling the cast, all of those manpower that won't be needed in 3D printed concrete). This, and savings from not needing any cast would add up to a lot (they claim 30-70% and I think it's reasonable).

JB wrote at 3/8/2015 2:41:25 PM:

The use of the individual to develop and design their own house and more importantly not be at the mercy of narrow minded designers is immense. Also take into consideration the destruction through pointless conflict across the world and this system will allow shelter for those displaced people.Bring it on.

fgh wrote at 3/5/2015 5:03:30 AM:

May the technology be spread like wildfire.. This can help many less fortunate people to own houses. Also, this will help to quicken the establishment of Catholic religious buildings / charity buildings / quarters very quickly.. Good.. Good.. This technology is a gift from God.. Truly a revolution. China does produce beneficial things that the rest of the world can learn from or improvise. A major negative about China is her government - cruel Communist Capitalist.

tony ling wrote at 2/25/2015 7:04:18 PM:

From what i can see, this is largely hype with very little substance. We have been using prefabricated compenents in contruction for millenia, from small elements like bricks or concrete blocks or 2x4 timber studs to very large ones like precast concrete floor slabs, beams or wall panels, the key difference is how they are produced and what size and scale. There is nothing intrinsically more free about 3D printing than other methods of manufacturing the basic building components. The raw ingredients have to be bought or manufactured and then shipped to where the 3D printer is, energy is required to operate the printer and then the products have to be wrapped up and shipped to the site of the building and then erected or fit into the building. Exactly the same as in 'traditonal' construction methods. Any efficiencies applicable to the 3D printing process, such as using recylced materials or renewbale energy sources can also in principle be replicated in more converntiaonal ways of producing the components. In addition, there is no saving in 3D printing on major elements of the buidling such as mechanical and electrical services, plumbing, electics, doors and windows, internal joinery and finishes, all of which have to be installed into the 3D printed shell in conventional ways (we are leeaving the issue of robotics in this discussion, which of course is not an intrinsic part of 3D printing.)

Dale Norby wrote at 2/22/2015 6:33:55 PM:

I would like to develop this tecnolgy for the norewgian market. What is the price for a 3d cement printing mashine including tax, shipping transportation costs etc. Dale Norby Grostølveien 65 4634 Kristiansand Norway E-mail dale.norby@hotmail.com Tlf +47 98819208

Chris wrote at 2/19/2015 10:38:11 PM:

OKAY. Interesting comments... Let me first say that I built a 3D printer from scratch for PLA/ABS plastic. I understand the limitations. I've also taken several CAD classes (Home design) and I work in electronics. The problem is only a material one. They will develop a material that can withstand a little bending and not shatter, its only a matter of time. You can make any shape you want in minutes and make it structurally sound and waterproof. You really don't understand how strong this stuff will be or how fast you can pump it out until you make something on a 3D printer. I've made 6" sculptures at .01 mm layers so detailed and strong you could stand on them and not destroy it, and that's plastic. It won't be free and it won't lower costs for anyone but the builder. All they're going to do is add features like a car salesman and advertise it as a fast alternative. Keep an open mind or build one and find out for yourself.

Nick wrote at 2/17/2015 5:47:44 PM:

Little houses, pre-fab houses, formed and sprayed out by use of software, it is all getting smaller and faster. Isn't it a reflection of life?

Diana wrote at 2/15/2015 10:58:27 PM:

Can't wait! As for construction companies, we will still need them to install stuff inside like kitchen cabinets, closets, pluming, electric stuff! I am planning already to have a house designed by me :)))) People who say " it's not free" of course, it's not free, but will be more AFFORDABLE!!!!!! Which is a good thing!!!! Plus what will make a difference , we might have more spacious houses of different designs.. Would be a time " use your imagination- design your own house" . I BET our USA houses that are built with card boards will Lose their value and will go down in price! So if you have a house worth a million dollar as, sell it soon! :))) in 5-10 years it will cost pennies!

Enrico Dini wrote at 2/1/2015 11:03:54 AM:

Well, honestly the first oneshot 3D Printed house has been made at D-Shape in 2010 for La Triennale Milano. Here a short video.. https://marcoferreri.wordpress.com/category/unacasatuttadiunpezzo/

ahhnuld wrote at 1/29/2015 8:28:39 PM:

just like everything else made in china, cheap crap that will not work or stand up when the first earthquake hits

NAUI wrote at 1/28/2015 11:54:25 AM:

Did you thought about how many particles has been released during this 3D printing process. Read this study http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosenv.2013.06.050 and you will be surprised. No one is talk about that even if you are using ABS you are creating cancer cousing substances

K M wrote at 1/26/2015 11:48:28 PM:

Um, it is mostly concrete and iron/steel, the 3d portion looks like just castes for the concrete. I don't get it. Wouldn't preformed concrete be just as good? Or even regular cinder block building? If you look at how they build massive highways today with preformed concrete (usually made onsite/nearby), or building re-usable concrete castes with wood and/or cardboard, I do not see how this is anything other than hype.

Zorba The Greekj wrote at 1/26/2015 5:09:59 AM:

Actually, Thomas Edison built poured concrete houses even to the detail of elaborate fireplaces. That was 100 years ago. Some of his houses still stand in Pennsylvania today. They never took off financially because they were cold and lifeless, which I suspect that 3-D houses are also.

Marville wrote at 1/25/2015 9:27:08 PM:

This is a welcomed and an appreciated development. But will African Leaders see the opportunities here and put the interest of their subjects ahead of their own?

james wrote at 1/25/2015 3:25:55 PM:

I see alot of concrete, steel, being used?

Arturo Hernandez wrote at 1/24/2015 1:33:27 PM:

It is amazing. Not only every familiy will have a home, they will have it at a low cost. In emerging countries this will be a revolution!

Saniyak wrote at 1/23/2015 2:11:04 AM:

is this for real?

Richard- Australia wrote at 1/23/2015 1:25:12 AM:

I believe this approach to manufacturing and installing houses is long overdue. I like to see this construction method become the norm rather than the exception over the next decade.

Adrie Reinecke wrote at 1/22/2015 2:47:21 PM:

WOW - Bring this concept to South Africa

alan wrote at 1/22/2015 12:11:35 AM:

That 4800 is cheaper than almost all automobiles! But then maybe they're next. Most cars are built with majority of pieces plastic, right? "...until the time of the end. Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased." - Daniel 12:3

Charle Sigerseth wrote at 1/21/2015 7:26:41 PM:

Leaves the question of complying US Building Codes city by city by county by county. I suppose that could be addressed in the software for each jurisdiction. We would love to learn how partner for new home construction here in East TN. Dreamaker Homes @gmail.com

JDR wrote at 1/21/2015 3:03:03 PM:

What is different to existing methods using precast concrete or ICF? It looks like either thin shell precast from what I see here or a printed ICF form. Are they pouring the cores solid on site to lock it together?

NGO wrote at 1/21/2015 1:17:01 PM:

"A revolution ,now every family in the world will have a home" Now every working-bee will have 3D printed cell. Baby-bees will have special colourful cells in the anonymous in-vitro baby-grooming facilities. Let's celebrate!

KUNLE wrote at 1/21/2015 11:25:13 AM:

INCREDIBLE!! I SERIOUS HAVE TO START INVESTING IN THIS! THIS IS THE FUTURE ESPECIALLY CONSIDERING HOW WASTE LITTER THE WORLD!

Tad Winiecki wrote at 1/20/2015 11:06:29 PM:

It looks to me that this technology could be applied to constructing typhoon-resistant house barges and floating homes for low-lying coastal areas subject to flooding.

Andrei Kuznetsov wrote at 1/20/2015 8:01:16 PM:

This is technology which have been on the air for many years and definitely is going to be perfected to much better components and materials, so much of the use on Earth and other planets in the future.

Rodney J wrote at 1/20/2015 6:52:03 PM:

Its fast and its green which is a very good practice, but its several years away from being able to with stand the elements. Its is impossible to assemble these houses from start to finish without human labor so sorry to Steve C who thought it one day might be possible. They have a long way to go to making these 3D homes practical but I am all for the Idea.!!!

rason wrote at 1/20/2015 10:26:28 AM:

How can I order one ? Is there any way for me to get a villa for $4900 ?

Steve_C wrote at 1/20/2015 1:21:40 AM:

"A revolution ,now every family in the world will have a home . They do already... it's called Planet Earth! Of course the shelter that Planet Earth provides naturally doesn't seem to be adequate anymore - or copious enough for the population of present day two legged fuss-pots. 3D printing and large scale architectural 3D printing are jolly exciting developments, but they're certainly not FREE, or low cost enough that "every family in the World" will be able to afford a shelter/home built using 3D printing techniques. Now - if robotics and 3D printing become ubiquitous enough, and can utilize on site materials for construction, two of the larger cost factors would be severely reduced - i.e labor costs (the human pay factor), and the need for preprocessed construction materials and their shipping costs. Then the humans will be forced to compete with the robots and 3D printers, or perish... Maybe the planet will find 3D printed and robot run peace. It sure hasn't had any while being dominated by humans!!!

David1024 wrote at 1/19/2015 9:25:49 PM:

I don't think that the materials shattering at impact points is really an issue. It looks like there is supposed to be some sort of facing or weather protection that is supposed to be installed on the inside and outside. The crevices would hold water which would then freeze and eventually turn the whole thing back to the dust it started as.... hence the need for an external facing or finish material. That is similar to what we do with conventional materials... Which is why the cost reduction is only 50-70%... that's mostly labor and materials for the finish work. There still needs to be someone (labor) to run electrics and plumbing and to install insulation and finally the facing materials/components and then lastly PAINT!

Chris Wegener wrote at 1/19/2015 7:18:14 PM:

The issue isn't free it is fast and cheap. @jack I'm so glad you can by observing a website announce that the people who are making this technology don't know what they are doing. Why have you been hiding your brilliance from us?

darule wrote at 1/19/2015 6:43:42 PM:

haters gonna hate.

Jack wrote at 1/19/2015 5:31:07 PM:

That doesn't look very stable/architecturally sound. The materials are shattering at impact points. They may want to revisit that polymer. It ain't working.

Rolyataylor2 wrote at 1/19/2015 5:12:07 PM:

Gosh i want one! I work so hard to save up money to get a house and IF this technology was available in the US I would buy one so quick. Then I could actually have a house!!!! ::DreamyEyes:: This Chinese technology is making it possible for the american dream to be a reality again. No more damned micro apartments or shipping container homes which is all anyone can afford anymore.

red130one wrote at 1/19/2015 4:03:34 PM:

"A revolution ,now every family in the world will have a home ." uhmm. no. this structure isn't free, it still costs money to make.

red13one wrote at 1/19/2015 4:02:55 PM:

"A revolution ,now every family in the world will have a home ." uhmm. no. this structure isn't free, it still costs money to make.

alvaro wrote at 1/19/2015 1:05:51 AM:

A revolution ,now every family in the world will have a home .



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