Skip to comments.PHOTOS: This Groundbreaking 3D Printer Built 10 Homes in 24 Hours
Posted on 04/14/2014 9:05:17 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
From Oreos to body parts, 3D printers have been cranking out some pretty unbelievable stuff lately.
But in Shanghai, WinSun Decoration Design Engineering Co. has been using a monstrous printing device to build homes at a breakneck pace 10 homes in 24 hours.
Measuring out at roughly 105 feet long, 33 feet wide, and 21 feet tall, this clearly isnt your average retail printer.
Unlike most 3D printers, this printing giant is fed with cement rather than plastic, making it especially well-suited for home construction.
The best part is the houses are super cheap to make and theyre made almost entirely of construction and other industrial waste.
When its all said and done, the houses are roughly 650 square feet and cost only $4,800 to make, which is why theyre being considered as a housing solution for Chinas poor.
Its not the first crack at 3D home building, but it is definitely the fastest, most economical, and environmentally friendly way weve seen to date.
Check out the finished product below:
Please tell me the guy operating the printer is non-union.
Most honorable Null and Voidness, where are you?
These homes look hot in the summer and cold in the winter—if winters are cold and summers are hot.
Depends on what you mean by the word “union” I suppose.
I’m guessing they would be insulated in some form or fashion.
Great.... more cities for the Chinese to build and not let people live in
Sounds like a Potemkin village to me
4000 psi fiberglass reinforced concrete, or like their gypsum board, junk?
They built trusses, not homes.
I always wanted a home made from industrial waste. Can’t wait for the cancer to set in.
Sure doesn’t look to be anything on the line of 1/2+ aggregate in it...
Oh, forgot to mention - they Chicoms bought a whole shedload of industrial waste really cheap - from Japan.
You pay extra for cancer.
Portland cement? Any reinforcement, rebar?
This 3D printing technology would be kind of handy for rapidly making structures out of lunar dust and some kind of bounding agent. Assuming one ever wanted to do that.
I ain’t paying extra for cancer. I’ll just take my free chinese mold.
Imagine if you could come up with a surveying strategy for quickly laying in water and sewage, and then put these type of houses over top of them for disaster relief. It could be pretty cool.
It can’t compete with a FEMA trailer.
It will never pass the California Building Code.
I’ve said for years that glue and Luna/Mars dirt could make nice habitats. All you need is a functional airlock to get in and out.
Great minds think alike...lol :-)
Wonder if this concrete is infused with air bubbles like the “liteblock” concrete products.
Good R value if has same qualities.
An accurate headline would have read, “3D printer built FRAMES for 10 homes in 24 hours...Some Assembly REQUIRED!”
This is a good idea, but not quite what the article advertized.
Not what I’d call a home...
That looks cozy. Sort of like a drainage culvert, with windows on the end.
I think 3D sprayed domes would be a bit more structurally sound. It would use a lot more material than these.
Welcome to your Agenda-21 Compliant NewHome, serf. You must show adequate obeisance and gratitude to Dear Leader for allowing you to share it with 10 other people.
Thomas Edison Also Invented the Concrete House, Says NJIT Researcher
“Edison’s one-of-a-kind system was patented for the purpose of building a single, repeatable structure without any parts, with a single act of construction,” said Burgermaster, “And, remarkably, 100 years later many of these houses remain standing.”
Have also seen an experimental project of domes (igloo?).
Full size poured in place.
IIRC they had forms for the openings; windows, doors,vents...You want the window about here?... OK...
The equipment was set on the center of the slab and swung in continuous slow circles.
Oh great. I'm looking for a nice case of pancreatic cancer. Sign me right up!
Plumbing, water supply, HVAC,gas, electric... Can all be in the slab; just like here in the USA.
Plumbing vents can be on the exterior; as sometimes used in Europe.
One combo squat toilet/shower, one kitchen sink, a few electric receptacles in the floor and propane tanks delivered by motor scooter; good to go!
Add your own insulation and subdivide for the inlaws!
Compared to a mud hut or shanty made of cola flats or tin cans, which is probably what the new owner was living in the day before, it probably looks like Gracie Mansion. Try not to look at it through first-world eyes. These are aimed at poor Chinese peasant families, not your sub-development. When 3-D printed homes come to America (and they will) they probably won't look like these.
Add receptacles every six feet and purchase a union card for all workers.
Build a bunch of them for the children.
No problems with compliance.
The equipment was set on the center of the slab and swung in continuous slow circles."
There is a company based in Texas that has been building concrete domes for many years using a different technique. Visit: http://www.monolithic.org/
I have visited their headquarters and was impressed by what they do.
Do you have a link for the concrete domes? I gave a local TED Talk last year about "3D Printing Domes Homes", but am unfamiliar with the method you mentioned.
I use the inflatable "AirForm" from Monolithic Dome Institute. Right now the concrete is applied to the outside of the AirForm by hand, by a shotcrete gun or by the low-tech Mortar Sprayer. This version is the EcoShell. The insulated version, called the "Monolithic dome", first has foam insulation sprayed INSIDE" the airform, then the concrete sprayed on the foam insulation.
I'm working on a Polar Scaffold which will be the frame for the rotating "printer" which will spray the concrete automatically (CNC). Since the inflated AirForm acts like the paper in a conventional printer, this method is really 2D, but with dome shaped "paper".
"A Liteblok is a lightweight concrete block that interlocks so that it can be assembled into walls without need for mortar between blocks. Tiny trapped air bubbles make the Liteblok effective thermal insulation, yet the concrete remains strong enough to act as the unsupported structure of a house wall. Liteblok is non-toxic, fireproof, and inhospitable to termites, rodents, and molds."
Legos for adults!
That was fun!
Looks like they have moved far beyond storage tanks!
IIRC the dome homes were put up by a west coast U and H.P.
They all had a lumpy appearance... too much slump?
so much potential...
My wife spent 5 weeks in the Philippines after that huge typhoon last winter. Most every building was destroyed or damaged. I said I think a concrete igloo would have held up, nowhere for the wind to get a grip. I read that the suction of the air on the backside of a vertical wall can help pull it down as much as the positive wind pressure on the front, and a dome might let the wind slide over smoother.
We were looking at pictures she took from a van window as they drove past a big resort hotel that was wiped out. The concrete wall around the place was laying in chunks. In one picture, between the road and the ocean I spied a little cinder block igloo standing proud and undamaged. I imagine it might have been a dressing room for the beach or something. The beach was eroded right behind it, everything flattened around it, and there it stood only missing a little paint.
Don’t worry. The process will become much more sophisticated in a pretty short period of time. Just remember the first cars, airplanes, and computers, and compare those to what is available now. And with the design power we have it suspect it won’t take fifty years or so to get there.
We won’t recognize many things 50 years hence. I’ll be 104. LOL
Good grief, I’ll be older than that! Sigh...it seems like yesterday...
BwanaNdege, is there a video of your “3D Printing Domes Homes” TEDx talk? I googled, but this page was the only hit.
I have been interested in monolithic.com for years, since back before 3d printers were popular, and when I saw the construction pictures of a guy waving a shotcrete hose around by hand I thought, “there *has* to be a way to remote-control that!”
I’d be very interested in hearing more about your “polar scaffold” idea. Obviously it would work equally well for both the insulation and the shotcrete, but would there be a way to also automate placing the rebar-hangers (probably easy, via some nailgun-like appendage) and cutting/bending/hanging the rebar itself? (probably very hard)