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‘3D-Printed’ Villa Set Up in 3 Hours in China

A crane lifted a room, a part of the house, and put it to the right position. (Image: Cnwest.com)
A crane lifted a room, a part of the house, and put it to the right position. (Image: Cnwest.com)

A two-story villa built in three hours? Most people would be skeptical. Even if it could be accomplished, the quality of the villa must be in serious doubt, right? The house is probably likely to collapse with a gust of wind. However, you may be wrong.

Building like playing Lego. (Image: Cnwest.com)

Building like playing Lego. (Image: Cnwest.com)

3D printing is a big technology revolution that changes the way people manufacture. It also changes the way people think about manufacturing.

On the morning of July 17, a new villa made up from separate 3D printed modules appeared in Xi’an City, China.

The builder completed the construction of the villa in three hours.

The only thing needed to make it a home is furniture. The house itself is done.

The exterior of the villa. (Image: Cnwest.com)

The exterior of the villa. (Image: Cnwest.com)

At the construction site, the news reporters only saw a crane and the separate parts of the house. Workers lifted those parts and put them together, like playing with building blocks, or lego.

Building like playing Lego. (Image: Cnwest.com)

Building this house is like playing with giant Lego. (Image: Cnwest.com)

According to the designer and engineer An Yongliang, 90 percent of the building process had been completed at the factory. That is, all the building blocks were produced in the factory assembly line. The major steps left is to split the pieces and set the blocks up at the construction site.

Building like playing Lego. (Image: Cnwest.com)

Giant building blocks for adults. (Image: Cnwest.com)

Traditionally, a villa will take about 6 months to build, while the “3D printing” villa will only take 10 days. This particular design has six modules weighing 22 pounds per square foot, and the cost is about $40 to $55 per square foot.

The interior of the house. (Image: Weibo.com)

The interior of the house. (Image: Weibo.com)

Despite the short construction time, each module can bear the weight independently, so the house is able to stand up to a large-sized earthquake. Meanwhile, the steel cage structure can be fully filled with insulation materials, achieving good heat preservation. Most importantly, you can call the factory and have your own custom-made house in the future.

The kitchen of the house. (Image: Cnwest.com)

The kitchen of the house. (Image: Cnwest.com)

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