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Apartment Building Constructed Using 3D Printer

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All components of a five-story apartment building in China came from a 3D printer. Is this the future of multifamily construction?

A five-story apartment building, made using only a 3D printer, was erected in Suzhou, China, earlier this year. 

Construction firm WinSun Decoration Design Engineering used recycled construction waste as the printer’s “ink,” which produced a terra-cotta-like exterior. The building, along with a neoclassical mansion that was also constructed using a 3D printer, is on display at the Suzhou Industrial Park.

This isn’t WinSun’s first foray into using a 3D printer in building construction. Last year, the construction firm built 10 one-room houses from recycled construction waste and cement in just 24 hours. The Egyptian government has ordered 20,000 of the one-story homes.

An engineer from China Construction who inspected the Suzhou apartment building said it complied with Chinese building standards, but he also acknowledged that standards for buildings constructed with the use of 3D printers have not yet been developed.

Ma Yi He, CEO of WinSun, previously announced plans to build 3D-printer-constructed factories in more than 20 countries, including the United States, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia; the company will use desert sand as printer “ink.”