The 10 3D-printed houses made by a Chinese company from recycled material earlier this year were officially put into use on August 21 in Shanghai’s Qingpu district, Tencent News reports.
The houses aren’t very big, each one measuring around a dozen square meters. No signs of bricks and tiles can be seen on the houses and the tallest one is no more than two stories.
The components were printed with a special “ink” made from industrial construction waste.
A simple drawing, a computer and an ample amount of “ink” can create 10 of these 3D houses in one day. The inventor of this technology said that the printing process is their “top secret”.
The 3D printer, measuring 32 meters long, 10 meters wide and 6.6 meters deep, was assembled in a factory in Suzhou. The bottom area is as big as a basketball court with a height of three stories. The length of the printer can be stretched out as far as150 meters.
The 3D houses were printed in Suzhou and then moved to Shanghai.
The houses are now being furnished and will be ready for move-in after the windows, wires, floors and furniture are put in.
The 3D-printing technology is environment-friendly and costs 50 percent less than traditional construction, according to reports. The 10 houses costed 4,800 USD to make.
By Lucy Liu
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