How to print a house

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - 3D TECHNOLOGY -

Chi­nese firm Qing­dao Unique Prod­ucts De­velop, a maker of 3D prin­ters, has made what is thought to be the world’s largest 3D printer.

The printer can fab­ri­cate items as large as 12m square. The ma­chine weighs more than 120 tons and was built at a ded­i­cated 3D print­ing in­dus­trial park.

The printer will use graphene glass fi­bre re­in­forced plas­tic as a raw ma­te­rial, it is light­weight, strong, cor­ro­sion­re­sis­tant, and en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly. The firm says a build­ing of this size nor­mally re­quires 150 tons of con­crete.

It will print build­ings in one go, un­like 3D printed houses made in Hol­land ear­lier this year that were printed in small sec­tions and then as­sem­bled. Qing­dao be­lieves its tech­nol­ogy could be used to build shel­ters fol­low­ing nat­u­ral dis­as­ters.

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