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A rchitects have been dreaming of 3d printed buildings for years, but last year Chinese-based WinSun Decoration Design Engineering Company began successfully printing them.
The process begins with CAD drawings which are printed by the companies array of 20 x 33 x 132 foot architectural printers. The printer uses a mixture of grounded construction and industrial waste such as glass and tailings around a base of quick-drying cement mixed with a proprietary hardening agent. Walls are hollow with a zig-zag interior allowing for reinforcement and insulation. Large pieces are produced in WinSun’s facility and then the structures are assembled on-site, complete with steel reinforcements and insulation in order to comply with official building standards.
The printing process saves between 30 and 60 percent of construction waste, and can decrease production times by between 50 and 70 percent, and labour costs by between 50 and 80 percent.
Recently WinSun 3d printed a five-story apartment building as well as a 11,840 square feet luxury villa. The villa cost around $161,000 to build in China.
VisitWinSun’s website at http://www.yhbm.com for more information.
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