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Want a villa instantly? China's 3D technique can do it in 3 hours

While traditional construction requires months to build up a villa, 3D printed modules can be assembled together to make one in around a dozen of days, if you are ready to bear the cost: around $400-480 per square meter.

world Updated: Jul 21, 2015 06:08 IST

A Chinese company has assembled a 3D printed two-story villa in less than three hours, complete with interior decoration, plumbing, wiring and other facilities.

A crane assembled modules of living room, bedroom, kitchen and restroom within less than three hours on July 17 in Xi’an, northwest China’s Shanxi province. The modules were made in the factory using 3D printing technology.

“Traditional construction requires half a year to build up a villa, whereas using 3D print modules, the process can be shortened to around a dozen of days,” said the engineer, who is in charge of the design and production of the 3D-printed villa.

The cost per square meter is around $400-480.

Because of the reduction of transportation, labour, material, machinery and assembly costs, the low cost of producing the final homes are passed along to the home owners.

This makes the homes much more affordable than those built from scratch using traditional construction methods. The company claims its new materials are sourced from industrial and agricultural wastes and are capable of withstanding earthquakes with a magnitude of 9.0 and are also fireproof and waterproof.

“Thanks to our special materials, our rate of assembling houses is really fast,” Zhuoda group vice president Tan BuYong said.

First Published: Jul 21, 2015 03:37 IST