For those of you who have been keeping up with the latest technological trends, it will be no surprise that “3D printing” is a phrase used often these days. Indeed, even after writing several articles about the process, I still find myself fascinated by it. And, it seems I wasn’t the only one who found it revolutionary.
Builders in China took the concept of 3D printing (the process of heating plastic or other building materials to a near-liquid state and molding it into the shape you want it to be in) to the next level by printing an entire mansion.
How is this possible? Much like how cruise ships and other massive structures are built using prefabricated materials, this Chinese company (Winsun) built their mansion piece by piece by using a gigantic 3D printer to produce parts of the structure bit by bit.
Then, these pieces were shipped to where they needed to go, and put together to form the final livable home, pictured below.
For an idea of how quickly this company can produce homes using this technique, last year they were able to cheaply construct ten one-story homes in a single day.
Would the kind of home pictured above appeal to you? Maybe, maybe not. Either way, it’s amazing how quickly these structures can be produced, which suggests that 3D printing will play an increasingly large role in construction in the future.
Featured photo credit: 3D Printer/ Keith Kissel via flickr.com