The Tallest 3D-Printed Structure in the World

…WinSun construction company which used a large 40 meters long, 10 meters wide, and 6 meters tall 3D printer for the job.

The five-story building and a luxury mansion extruded from a printer.
What was envisioned from the early stages of 3D printing, large-scale housing projects began to appear in 2014. The process was first tested in Amsterdam, Netherlands, where Dus Architects company started to work on a model of the traditional Dutch canal house, a 13-room complex produced out of bio-plastics, that should be completed within three years. It didn’t take long before Chinese companies, like Yingchuang New Materials Inc. , took over and started producing and assembling 3D printed office structures on a large-scale. Last April, this company managed to print 10 office structures the size of a house in just one day. Their factory and research center was also constructed using the same method. A 10, 000 square meters building was erected within a month.

China is now holding the leading position in this futuristic construction industry. The world was astounded when the first multiple-store 3D printed building was unveiled last month without much pomp, in southeastern China city of Suzhou. The five-story apartment building was manufactured by the WinSun construction company which used a large 40 meters long, 10 meters wide, and 6 meters tall 3D printer for the job. As a part of the project, they also built a three-story mansion in the same neighborhood. Total expenses for the villa were as little as $ 161, 000, which represents up to 50% in savings in construction material and up to 70% in manpower. The material they use is a mixture of a recycled building material, quick-dry cement, and glass fiber.

This type of construction has many advantages over classical methods, since it represents Eco-friendly, waste-free technology that maximizes the use of recycled material, and minimizes the construction time and manual labor involved. In WinSun they are confident in their product, claiming it to be perfectly safe to live in, energy-efficient, and earthquake resistant. Their first commercial targets in 2015 will be markets of the US, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia. Great savings and the speed of production would certainly sound very appealing to many.Their housing solutions can be an affordable alternative for the impoverished, making it a preferred construction method in developing countries. Apart from the buildings, WinSun is also looking to build bridges and similar large-scale structures. As WinSun officials claim, they are capable to print structures up to 12 stories tall.

The possible range of applications of this technology is yet to be seen. What has been a dream for many designers and architects just a few years ago has now become a reality. The 21-century 3D construction technology has showcased us its capacities. We’ll be looking for new exciting accomplishments of this industry.