Will Your Next House Be Printed?
Using recycled industrial waste, construction waste, and concrete, a Chinese company recently “printed” 10 small buildings at their factory near Shanghai. The process involves grinding the materials and creating a thick, quick-drying slurry that the machine lays down layer by layer. The company says the buildings cost just under $5000 USD each.
This process offers great potential for creating affordable housing and other buildings all over the world. Some people envision taking the printer to the job site and printing a structure all at once. Others think modular components could be printed at the factory and delivered to the job site ready to assemble.