Chinese company 3D prints 10 buildings
in a day using construction waste


News: Chinese materials firm Yingchuang New Materials has reportedly produced 10 3D-printed buildings in 24 hours, using a custom-built machine that outputs layers of construction waste mixed with cement (+ slideshow).

According to a report from Chinese television company CNC World, the Suzhou-based company spent 20 million yuan (£2 million) and 12 years developing its specialised additive manufacturing device, which can be used to 3D print self-supporting architectural structures.

The company demonstrated the technology earlier this month by producing 10 stand-alone houses in the space of a day, which will be used as offices at an industrial park in Shanghai.

Chinese company 3D prints 10 buildings in a day using construction waste

Each building has 3D-printed walls and structure. The only sections not produced by the printer were the roofs – the company says this won't be possible until the technology becomes more advanced.

The process took place at Yingchuang New Materials's factory, where a 3D-printing assembly line makes use of up to four printers at at a time. This building also features 3D-printed walls.

Chinese company 3D prints 10 buildings in a day using construction waste

Company president Ma Yihe hopes that one day 3D printers will be used to build skyscrapers, reusing materials from unwanted buildings.

"With 3D printing in the future we can build good buildings with reliable materials and without waste," he told CNC World. "Waste from the demolished buildings or industrial waste can be used to build structures."

Chinese company 3D prints 10 buildings in a day using construction waste

Photographs are courtesy of Yingchuang New Materials.

  • Smack

    So this means all those other groups can stop talking about “the first 3D-printed house” by now right? Because it sure looks like they got beaten.

  • Dave Carcamano

    Who wouldn’t want to live in a house made of industrial waste!

    • Saywhat

      You mean like plasterboard? Which is made from gypsum that is a waste product of the smoke cleaning process in power plants.

      • Dave Carcamano

        Right, on the other hand it’s China so everything must be safe and healthy.

    • john

      Eco-friendly and modest people for example.

  • Douglas Montgomery

    Cue the UK’s Conservative housing minister striking a deal with his property developer cronies and other vested interests, to ensure this technological development is appropriately utilised to maximise profit margins.

    So, prepare yourselves to be offered these quickly constructed and cost effective homes at £450,000 for a one bedroom version, especially in London where affordable housing is needed most. Never mind solving the housing crisis, our first consideration must be to protect the delicate balance of “the free market”.

  • H-J

    OK, we have a winner. Can we go back to architecture now?

  • Daniel

    Yeah right… building straight walls with a 3D printer.

  • Roberta Mutti

    I’d be curious to know if it has been tested in the long term. I mean, will the material smell, for example, after 10 years? Is the building’s structure earthquake proof? I guess so, but it would be interesting to deepen some aspects.

  • Really?

    What about Uranium? I heard it has quite a good heat capacity.

  • Dan

    Shouldn’t we consider, at the very least, that this is a potential win for disaster relief projects?