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Ten houses built in 24 hours? All is possible with 3D printing

A Chinese company printed the houses out of recycled material.

There’s a lot you can do with a 3D printer. Now add building a house in a day to the list.

Make that ten houses, actually.

24 hours

The WinSun Decoration Design Engineering Co. has printed ten homes in 24 hours out of recycled materials.

3d_pieces4 Source: 3ders/Business Insider

This isn’t the first attempt at 3D printing large structures in a short amount of time. Researchers in California are making a printer that can build a house in 24 hours.

In Amsterdam earlier this month, construction of a 3D-printed house began. The house is made out of plastic bricks that fit together like Lego. It’s also being printed onsite.

house-3d-printed-shanghai-new-photo-3 3D printed frame Source: 3ders

The Chinese houses, on the other hand, weren’t built onsite. They were printed in pieces and then put together in Shanghai’s Qingpu district.

3d_pieces2 Source: 3ders/Business Insider

The pieces are made using recycled construction materials and industrial waste to form a concrete aggregate, Gizmodo reports. The 3D printer used to build the houses is 500 feet long, 33 feet wide and 20 feet high. Each home costs around $4,800.

“We purchased parts for the printer overseas, and assembled the machine in a factory in Suzhou,” the company’s CEO, Ma Yihe, told 3ders. “Such a new type of 3D-printed structure is environment-friendly and cost-effective.”

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