It’s remarkable what you can do with 3-D printing these days. IFLScience reported that NASA was able to email a wrench to the International Space Station, which saved a lot of time instead of having to send the tools up in rockets. Uproxx also recently ran a report about one fan who built a batsuit with a 3-D printer. (Unlike the batsuits used for the movies, this one is actually pretty comfortable, again, the wonders of new technology.)
Now Esquire reports that the first 3-D printed homes are here. Actually, it’s a 3-D printed mansion, because why just make a one story house or a shack, right? This is the brainchild of WinSun, a construction company in China. This building was made with huge 3-D printers that used the usual building materials like concrete, and then the mansion was pieced together.
CNET also tells us there’s a 3-D printed apartment building that’s five stories tall, and has a 1,100-square-foot villa. The pieces for these homes come from a 3-D printer that’s 20 by 30 by 132 feet, with other materials such as steel reinforcements and insulation going into these structures to make sure that they meet building standards.
What’s remarkable about buildings made with 3-D printing is how fast you can bring a structure together. As the CNET report tells us, WinSun built ten smaller houses in a day with 3-D printers. Esquire adds that “these new buildings are proof-of-concept,” and nobody’s living in them yet, but we wouldn’t be surprised if people start moving in to 3-D printed buildings soon.
Just imagine how 3-D printers could someday provide low-income housing, or if your home gets hit with a disaster, you could quickly rebuild. It’s remarkable to think that you could get a house put together in a day, and print up the materials yourself.
CNET adds that a big plus with these buildings is how much you can cut down on construction waste, reportedly as much as 30 to 60 percent. The 3-D printed villa ultimately cost $161,000 to build, and you would hope that the savings would go back to the renter, especially in a day and age where cheap rent is increasingly hard to find. What’s next? WinSun is hoping to make bridges and skyscrapers.
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