3D-printted cottage installed in 3 hours in Xi’an

2015-07-20 03:32:46 GMT2015-07-20 11:32:46(Beijing Time)  SINA English

A 3D-printed cottage house showed up in Xi’an, capital city of Shaanxi province in the morning of July 17. The house was “built” in only three hours, and could be dwelt in as long as furniture was in place.

A 3D-printed cottage house showed up in Xi’an, capital city of Shaanxi province in the morning of July 17. The house was “built” in only three hours, and could be dwelt in as long as furniture was in place. A 3D-printed cottage house showed up in Xi’an, capital city of Shaanxi province in the morning of July 17. The house was “built” in only three hours, and could be dwelt in as long as furniture was in place.
The 3D-printed house. The 3D-printed house.
A local resident checked the handrail on the balcony of the house. A local resident checked the handrail on the balcony of the house.
Inside of the 3D-printed house. Inside of the 3D-printed house.
Inside the kitchen of the 3D-printed house. Inside the kitchen of the 3D-printed house.
The crane was assembling modules of the house. The crane was assembling modules of the house.
The crane was assembling modules of the house. The crane was assembling modules of the house.
The crane was assembling modules of the house. The crane was assembling modules of the house.
The crane was assembling modules of the house. The crane was assembling modules of the house.
Residents visited the house. Residents visited the house.
Residents visited the house. Residents visited the house.

Several workers and a crane put the independent modules of the dining room, the bedroom, the kitchen and the toilettes together. In only three hours, the cottage was ready for moving in.

“We've only assembled the house here, because 90% of the building had already been completed at the factory,” said An Yongliang, developing engineer of the company that designed and produced the house.

“It takes about half a year to build a traditional villa, but to build a 3D house like this you only need about ten days from producing the modules to installing them to make a house”, An said.

The house has six modules, with each weighing over 100 kg. The costs of materials vary from 2,500 to 3,500 yuan per square meter.

“In spite of the time-saving building procedures, the house is strong enough to stand against magnitude-9 earthquakes, as each module bears weight independently. And the steel-framed structure could be filled with heat-insulating materials, which guarantees the warmth of the house during cold weathers,” An added.

The 3D-printed house is expected to come into the market in the near future. Customers would be offered individually tailored and priced configurations, according to An’s company.

 

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