The ever advancing technology of the 3D-Printer has reached new heights with this: The World’s Tallest 3D-Printed Building from Shanghai-based construction firm WinSun Decoration Design Engineering.
The company has unveiled a five-story apartment building that has been made entirely with a giant 3D printer. The building has a terra cotta brick-like exterior and is on display at the Suzhou Industrial Park.
The industrial park also houses a 1,100-square-meter (11,840-square-foot) 3D-printed neoclassical mansion, ‘manufactured’ by the same company.
Both buildings were made with a patented “ink” that is created from recycled construction waste. The printer is a colossal 150 meters long.
The company is a pioneer in the 3d printing construction world. Last year it printed 10 affordable single-story houses in 24 hours. These advances have quite rightly captured the attention of architects, humanitarian aid agencies, and governments across the globe in the pursuit of affordable housing.
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But what about safety? According to the chief engineer in charge of inspecting the buildings (Ma Rongquan, of Chinese Construction) both structures are in compliance with national standards.
However, it has prompted the argument that new standards may need to be written in the face of emerging 3D-printed architecture. “We need to revise and improve such a standard for the future,” Rongquan told the 3D-printing-focused blog 3Ders.
Orders are being made. Ten houses have been ordered by a Taiwanese real estate group, while 20,000 of the affordable single-story houses are being prepared for the Egyptian government.
The company is clearly going from strength to strength and is certainly receiving worldwide coverage for the efforts.
At a press conference earlier this month, WinSun CEO Ma Yi He announced the company’s plans to build 3D construction factories in more than 20 countries, including the US, Saudi Arabia, the U.A.E, Qatar, Morocco, and Tunisia.
Its engineers are currently working on a printer that turns desert sand into building material.
The Associated Press toured the models on display at the Suzhou Industrial Park: