A company in China claims to have taken 3D printed homes to a whole new level.
According to Inhabitat, Beijing-based HuaShang Tengda printed a two-story villa that checks in at 4,305 square feet.
And they say it’s durable enough to withstand an earthquake measuring 8.0 on the Richter scale.
“[This technology] will have immeasurable social benefits…because of its speed, low cost, simple and environmentally friendly raw materials, [it can] generally improve the quality of people’s lives,” the company said in a statement.
While HuaShang Tengda is not the first company in China to claim they’ve 3D-printed a house, they may be the first to have printed the entire home at once, rather than printing and then assembling pieces.
The company first constructed the home’s frame, including pipes. Then they used the large 3D printer to construct the house.
The process was controlled via a software that has four systems – one for what HuaShang Tengda calls “electronic ingredient formulating,” one for mixing the concrete, one for transmission, and one to 3D-print the structure.
The company says they envision their technology being used to build everything from homes for farmers in rural areas to high-rise buildings to houses in developing countries.
They also believe the new technology could spark a revolution in the housing industry as their 3D-printed homes can be built faster, and cheaper, than traditional dwellings.
The Daily Business News has covered the rise of 3D printed homes extensively, including other Chinese, Russian and Dutch 3D home projects, and asking the tough question: “Is America losing the 3D Technology race in housing?” ##
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Submitted by RC Williams to the Daily Business News for MHProNews.