Designing your dream house and having it built just where you want it? There’s nothing particularly interesting about that. But if you could go from zero to fully built house in just 24 hours, that would be pretty impressive.
Chinese company WinSun built this stunning 12,000 square foot luxury mansion with an enormous 3D printer. The “ink” used in the printer is a mixture of recycled building materials: stone, cement, and fiber – and a secret ingredient they call “Crazy Magic Stone.”
To build the home’s components, WinSun built an enormous 3D printer measuring 20 feet high, 33 feet wide and 132 feet long. Each component – like the frame and walls – was printed separately by an extruder arm laying down one layer of recycled “ink” at a time. The printer was guided by a CAD design template to create the necessary pieces.
The pieces are built with strong diagonal reinforcements which leave space for traditional installation once they are on site. Once there, the walls are reinforced with steel, fitted with insulation, and joined together to create the finished structure.
WinSun has worked for more than a decade to perfect their “ink” formula and 3D printing process. The structures they make with it are lighter, more eco-friendly, and far easier to build than with traditional construction techniques. The company plans to build 100 recycling centers around China to gather materials for future projects.