Will 3D printing become the future of multifamily construction? One Chinese company tested the waters, and completed a building six stories high, designboom reports. Shanghai-based WinSun Decoration Design Engineering Co. also built a French-inspired chateau using the 3D printer.
Both structures are made of fiber-reinforced cement made of waste materials and construction debris. Components of the edifices were prefabricated piece by piece from a printer that is 7 meters tall, 10 meters wide, and 40 meters long. The components were then assembled at the Suzhou Industrial Park.
According to the company, the 3D printing construction method cut material volume by 60%, construction time by 70%, and labor by 80%, compared to traditional construction methods.
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