A 3D-printed house was “built” in Xi’an in less than three hours on the morning of July 17, marking the latest achievement in the affordable and occasionally life-saving technology that is 3D-printing.
The villa includes six modules, with each weighing over 100 kg. All the independent modules, namely the dining room, the bedroom, the kitchen and the bathrooms, were printed in a factory and then assembled at the site.The cost of construction varied from 2,500 to 3,500 RMB per square meter, Sina News reports.
An Yongliang, a developing engineer of the company which designed and manufactured the house, told reporters that it only takes about 10 days to produce the modules and assemble them to ‘build’ a house, while it usually takes about six months to build a traditional villa.
According to An, the house is strong enough to withstand earthquakes of high magnitude, as each module bears weight independently. He also added that the house has a steel-framed structure filled with heat-insulating materials, so as to guarantee warmth during cold seasons.
Earlier this year, WinSun has created a six-story residential building and a mansion with 3D printers. With the rapid development of 3D-printing, more affordable 3D-printed houses are expected to roll into the market in the near future.
By Crystal Lau
[Images via CCTV News | Sina]