China is 3D-Printing Tiny Houses for $5,000 Each

They don't look so bad compared to a cramped NYC studio.

We'd live in that. (Screengrab: YouTube)
We’d live in that. (Screengrab: YouTube)

While most of us are still on YouTube trying to figure out how exactly 3D-printing works, China is building some serious stuff with the technology.

WinSun, a private Chinese firm, used 3D-printers to build 10 full-sized, single story houses in a single day, the BBC reported.

The company used four 10m x 6.6m x 150m 3D-printers to spray a mixture of construction waste and recycled cement to build the wall of the homes, layer by layer.

The lack of manual labor coupled with the inexpensive building materials allowed the houses to be printed for less than $5,000 each.

The company seems to be producing the houses on demand, for anyone who doesn’t mind living in a house made of cement and garbage.

“We can print buildings to any digital design our customers bring us. It’s fast and cheap,” WinSun chief executive Ma Yihe told the Xinhua news agency.

Although Chinese construction regulations currently don’t allow multi-story 3D-printed buildings, Mr. Yihe hopes to use the technology to build skyscrapers in the future.

Or they could bring the technology to New York and save us from paying exorbitant monthly fees for a crummy shoebox apartment.

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