Chinese Company 3D Prints 10 Houses Per Day

Somewhat off-topic, I know, but we may just be looking at the way the construction of the future will be done in the video below. A Chinese company called Yingchuang New Materialshas developed a system of building houses using large-scale 3D printers that allows them to build ten small homes per day on-site using mostly recycled materials. Looking at the video I was struck by how simple the process appears to be, and there doesn’t seem to be anything involved that could prevent this technique from being scaled up. The cost for each home is around $5000.

The major expenses are going to be energy and raw materials — and LENR could certainly help here. While we are seeing concrete being used in this process, the technique could probably be adapted to using other materials, and I expect that in the future we could see this process using other materials such as graphene or other strong composites.

More information can be found in this article from Gizmag.com

  • US_Citizen71

    Earthquake proof isn’t the end all be all of construction design. More of the world has figured out that it isn’t a great idea to live and build on an active fault. With the right additives to mix (hemp, plastic, etc..) the poured house concept or the ‘3D Printing’ concept could be made more reliable in an earthquake zone.

  • Daniel Maris

    Absolute genius!

    I am so impressed by this.

    • Freethinker

      Yes, it looks great.

      Even though other commenters below being concerned about strengt being up to code are right, it is still a stepping stone in the right direction. Strength of the material will no doubt be addressed if the technique is promissing and attract capital.

  • jousterusa

    “Other materials?” You bet! Chinese drywall has been killing people and companies that built with it here, but there is a new material coming to the fore that is mold-proof, fireproof, waterproof, insect-proof, lighter than Hardie Board and can be used in walls, roofs and floors and even barrel tiles. It gives your home the quality of stone at a fraction of the cost, and is much lighter, and is sought-after because it provides much greater resistance to hurricane-force winds and is, again, resistant to mold and waterproof. I believe that like the E-Cat, in a short time, it will make gypsum-based and Portland cement-based products completely obsolete. I will be publishing an article about it in a couple of days at The American Reporter, along with a video I did today that will go up on YouTube.

    • Freethinker

      I agree,

      that there are many exciting lightweight materials that no doubt will be very usefull.

      Me, on the other hand – living in a country which do see periods of serious sub-zero temperatures during winter, prefer to have a sturdy house, made in “stone”, that will keep the enery inside the house “in” and the damned cold “out”. I doubt the light weight thin materials will fix that, no matter how indestructable they are otherwise.

      Also there is something to say (in a positive way) about building materials that do “breath”. Water resistance has usually the negative effect that it will trap moisture and not dry out (as it does not “breath”), causing all kind of mold and bacteria growth on other ambient materials that does not share the “anti-mold” quiality of the water proof board.

      So don’t declare cement and gypsum dead just yet.

      • US_Citizen71

        There is always ‘Hempcrete’, breathable, insulative, waterproof, mold and pest resistant, humidity and thermo storing, light enough to float on water and for those that care carbon negative as it absorbs 73kg of CO2 per m3 as it cures.

  • Asterix

    Buildings out of unreinforced concrete? Certainly wouldn’t pass muster here for earthquake safety. But then, we all know that China doesn’t ever experience earthquakes…

  • astralprojectee

    These 3D printed homes probably wouldn’t be up to city code here in America.

  • Iggy Dalrymple
  • GreenWin

    Impressive. Now, combine these amazing new homes with this: “You Can Get A 3D Printed Model Of Yourself In Japan.” And life will be near-perfect.

    http://www.webpronews.com/you-can-get-a-3d-printed-model-of-yourself-in-japan-2012-11

    • georgehants

      GreenWin, I cannot believe that 3D printing has advanced to the stage where it could reproduce all those Wonderful unique textures and nuances of a body as perfect as mine.
      Never in a thousand years, Ha.

    • Iggy Dalrymple

      I’m holding out for “Special Use” interchangeable parts.

  • georgehants

    Although it is perfectly practical, in Fact has been since the 1960’s to remove corrupt capitalism now, as these technological wonders we are watching come to fruition, it will hopefully come to pass that even those most effected by the belief that, “there is no other way” will realise that, it can end.
    There is no need even now for anybody to work the hours that they do or work the years that they do.
    Just capitalistic manipulation that keeps people under control, paying bills, mortgages etc.
    millions of people today wasting their lives away in pointless jobs just to keep a few people, Rich and Powerful.
    Cold Fusion may seem like a fight to have it recognised, wait until the rich and powerful become threatened with extinction by technological progress.

    There will be much wailing and grinding of teeth.

    • http://www.lenrnews.eu/lenr-summary-for-policy-makers/ AlainCo

      Since I’m in contact with many ideas I was ignoring before, mostly from source that are ignored in france i have a new ism that may work…

      It is a mix of Nassim nicholas taleb visions, from Th Next Convergence classic economic vision, from Thierry Curty vision of the end of salary worker, some economic-innovation vision from BFM Business TV,and from “Achievable Utopias” book http://translate.google.fr/translate?hl=en&sl=fr&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.esprit68.org%2Futopies.html

      the ideas are many :
      first the nation, the state have no future since the bigger the worst it is, the slower to adapt it is, the less democratic it is.
      Above a given size, no organisation can work. so first rule is downsizing.
      Taleb propose a model like Swiss Canton, like Greek or italian cities.
      The idea is not to have THE PERFECT ISM, but simply to test something that people ask, and if it works to reuse it where people want it… or else to bury it and pay the bill without drowning the planet like US central bank is doing to save their “perfect ism”.

      the second is that the classic capitalism that pushed Karl marx to be furious, based on a big boss, big capital (smaller tha today), and many workers, have to die also.
      capitalisme work, but it suppose real freedom and equality of all actors, this mean as many bosses as there is workers, and nor much more capital in many hands…
      however good decision have to be paid cash, this mean no crazy tax or no communism…
      Of course rich have to buy things they get from the others, like peace, quietness, good feeling, and a little more that cost them not too much (after all, 30% of your income, your real real income, it not so important if in exchange you are happy, respected, thanked, and free to win more on what you decide)

      accumulation of capital can be slowed by legacy taxes, and it is less toxic than income taxes as it does not block desire to make business…

      the biggest effort should be to allow even the poorest man on earth to behave like an entrepreneur. people should be free to be their boss, and not to be hired by a boss.

      for example you should be free to design your producst…to sell someone else produc on e-bay… to be taxi or limo driver for an Internet platform, the day you decide…
      to be the boss of a nanny company of you, your wife, and your two teenage chliddren,

      A big nanny company should not have much advantage, like knowing better the law than you, like having accountants, phone service, because even a single man company should benefit from the service that a big corp have, attorneys, accountants, internet site, sales office, phone hotline, advertising campaign…

      I put much home in internet and new business models, following Uber, E-bay, Amazon, so that you can run a tiny business as efficiently as today’s big corps do…

      see how Mats is selling his book… could it be possible to do that so easily 50 years ago?

      so my program is the following :

      – reduce the size of the governance unit to a canton, a municipality, a state-city
      – tax capital transmission seriously, and income reasonably, letting people choose their provider instead of forcing an implementation or a vision
      – put much effort to give economic freedom and empowerment to the poorests, through communication technology and simplification of laws
      – develop second chances law, like bankruptcy laws for individuals, parole,… yet very straight upfront sanction on failures

      an unconditional income may be a good idea.
      taleb explain that safe job have been often what allowed great innovator to take huge risk…
      see Lavoisier, Einstein, and many people in cold fusion being retired, having a tenure, of (sometime mistakenly) feeling protected in their position.

      the best way to make people happy and wealthy, it to allow people to try to be rich by productive means, giving huge hope, taking risks, accepting errors

      • georgehants

        Many thanks, AlainCo

        • http://www.lenrnews.eu/lenr-summary-for-policy-makers/ AlainCo

          my vision, initially quite classic social, evolved when i see how people from emerging countries react, and moan, in regulated countries like France…
          facing problems, short money, housing costs, their instinct is to run a business of any possible kinds, by making value from what they have, housing, competences, kids, networks, knowledge on local regulation, languages, …
          It gives French people hard lessons of the possibilities we ignore.
          However they face many problems with our over-regulated system…
          Non recognized diploma, competences, regulation obstacles.

          their innocence facing things like urbanism regulation, regulation on small business opening, on sales, on packaging, on cooking, on child care, is fascinating…
          This gives a name to “Alien”… they feel Alien in our “planet” of laws…
          They prove that there is no shorting of opportunities, of jobs, of business… just those tiny human-scaled opportunities are locked by lobbies, by big organizations, in the name of rationalization, of safety, of social standards, of aesthetic…

          this is where came my feeling that the thing to battle for the poorer is to give them freedom to fight with big stupid corps on the same ground.

  • Iggy Dalrymple

    I like the name, YingYang. Seems appropriate.

  • BroKeeper
  • Job001

    Good features for cheap housing.
    For expensive housing many improvements are desirable;Variable bubble blow, variable speed and discharge width, variable fibre loading, fast thin sections for fast cool accurate smooth appearance, and others.
    Not bad for hidden beams and walls where ugly is ok.
    How costly is a basic “printer”?

  • Fortyniner

    More of a programmed extruder than a printer, but I can see many possibilities for making constructional items this way (beams, lintels, and similar) rather than in moulds. Hot recycled plastics could also be ‘printed’ the same way to make interlocking roof panels and other exterior items such as fencing panels and posts. Could catch on in the West.