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Buildings Created by 3D Printing

From the Printware Blog on Friday 7th August 2015 in Printing Technology, 3D Printing, Fun Stuff, News,

Printing, in general, has come a long way. Today, we are blessed with inkjet and colour laser printers at our disposal like the ones available at Printware; see more here! However, one type of printer has captured a lot of press attention recently.

In the past few years, 3D printing has been a part of some impressive projects and with industries making use of this technology every single day, who knows where it could take us next? Well, we might have an idea.

According to the Daily Mail, Shanghai WinSun Decoration Design Engineering Co. has used 3D printing technology to successfully build and create buildings in China. Incredibly, in 2014, the same company achieved new heights when it moulded as many as ten buildings in total. The project cost under £4,000 and the buildings created are made out of concrete.

The buildings are situated in an industrial park, and the entire project was achieved just by using this technology; wow!

3D Printer and Monitor

So, where is 3D printing taking them now? Well, the Daily Mail stated that the company have challenged themselves to print the tallest building possible using this technology, as well as a collection of villas. The size of the printer the company used to create the buildings last year is impressive; at 500ft in length and 21ft tall, it comes as no surprise that the previous project was a complete success.

Now we know a little bit about the dimensions of the printer, what is the secret of what makes these buildings stand? A unique blend of steel, cement, and recycled waste from construction is the answer. It is said to have been applied in layers until a wall was produced.

CEO of WinSun, Ma Yi He, commented on the use of waste and said that the “construction industry produces a large amount of carbon emissions, but with 3D printing, waste material can be recycled.”

What’s more is that using this waste for a beneficial cause reduces the risk of workers being exposed to materials that would otherwise be harmful to their health. In addition, the Daily Mail stated that this new technique could significantly reduce noise pollution and keep sites clean and aesthetically pleasing.

Despite the overall cost of the process, the properties have proved to be cheaper than those currently on the market. The site bearing the company’s pride and joy also features a home that was actually pre-ordered by the Egyptian government. However, this will soon be removed and sent to its new owner.

Ma Yi He commented, “This house was printed within a single day, and is part of a total order of 20,000 units.”

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