Company Assembles 2-Story, 3-D Printed Villa In 3 Hours

July 24, 2015

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These are some shots of the two-story villa that Chinese company ZhuoDa assembled in less than three hours using six previously 3-D printed modules. The company says it takes about 9 days to produce the modules. That is pretty impressive. Even more impressive considering the home is capable of withstanding a magnitude-9 earthquake and is constructed using a proprietary new building material that is "sourced from industrial and agricultural waste, is fireproof and waterproof, and is free from harmful substances such as formaldehyde, ammonia, and radon." Sounds like hardened sludge to me. But what do I know, I'm just the fourth little pig you never hear about because I spent my entire home-building budget on beer and lotto scratchers.

Keep going for a bunch more shots.

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Thanks to Thomas W, who wants a house built out of ice cream that doesn't melt except when you lick it. I mean, I think you're on the right track, but that sounds too cold for me to lay on the bathroom floor naked how I like to do.

  • flyppster

    Isn't the food and feed they are producing made of the same materials?

  • Mr. Bones

    but how long did it take to PRINT it?

    copied from the linked article;
    "the 3D-printed villa only takes about 10 days to produce from initial construction to final assembly, while it typically takes half a year to build a traditional villa."

  • liz 许

    its not PRINT,its their modular homes was not made by wood,and not by PRINT heir new material ,that building can afford 9 earthquake Intensity,and afford 2000 degree heat blowtorch,and if you but a nail on that new material,use the degree heat blowtorch to burn that material ,the nail turns to red ,but you put your hand on the other side ,its cold.and ……could afford 150 freeze-thaw test...its a magical materials ...so?what do you think now

  • GeneralDisorder

    "The company says it takes about 9 days to produce the modules."

    What that means? I have no clue. Does it take 9 hours for the print to finish or 9 hours for print plus finishing? There's no way each section was printed with cabinets and flooring in place like they're showing.

    It's probably a 9 hour print job per section then several hours finishing work and then packing, loading, unloading, unpacking and finally placement.

  • Mr. Bones

    it doesn't make sense to you because it's 9 DAYS... not hours... otherwise it's 216 hours. with who knows how many giant printers running.

  • GeneralDisorder

    Yeah I really dropped the ball on that one. Typo'd once and and just kept doing it.

    Anyway, yeah. So 9 days could be print and finish.

  • iofo61

    3D printed house made in China? Sure, what could go wrong?

  • Iouri Synogatch

    I think you need to reconsider the definition of a villa. This is a small-medium sized house. I understand that with the increasing urbanization, we're all getting less and less living space, but come on.

    And it's ugly as hell to top it off. It looks like the shape was made on the basis of standard shipping containers.

  • Bean

    Looks better built than the Persimmon house I own :(

  • Jenness

    The walls all look very shiny, I wonder if you can place pictures, etc. Would be interesting if this is real if you can construct any texture, like stone..etc. and what embedded printing / textures could be used as well.

  • liz 许

    ,their modular homes was not made by wood,their new material ,that building can afford 9 earthquake Intensity,and afford 2000 degree heat blowtorch,and if you but a nail on that new material,use the degree heat blowtorch to burn that material ,the nail turns to red ,but you put your hand on the other side ,its cold.and ……could afford 150 freeze-thaw test...its a magical materials,called ZhuoDa New Material

  • Alter Ego

    Takes me longer to put an Takes me longer to put an ikea desk togetherikea desk together

  • liz 许

    their modular homes was not made by wood,their new material ,that building can afford 9 earthquake Intensity,and afford 2000 degree heat blowtorch,and if you but a nail on that new material,use the degree heat blowtorch to burn that material ,the nail turns to red ,but you put your hand on the other side ,its cold.and ……could afford 150 freeze-thaw test...its a magical materials ...so?what do you think now?

  • BriteSkittle

    Hopefully this can make it's way to the US... seems pretty cool to me

  • GeneralDisorder

    Modular homes have been a common new construction technique since the 1980s. Sometimes they ship flat walls. Sometimes ship half-homes the size of the old trailer homes. This is just a different way to produce the modular sections. If it's up to code or exceeds code it'll become the norm eventually. You still need manual labor to finish the sections and to put the house together so no one would lose jobs except maybe carpenters who specialize in framing... they'll have to do something else like literally anything because in carpentry if you can frame you can do almost anything.

  • liz 许

    But there is one thing you need to know ,their modular homes was not made by wood,their new material ,that building can afford 9 earthquake Intensity,and afford 2000 degree heat blowtorch,and if you but a nail on that new material,use the degree heat blowtorch to burn that material ,the nail turns to red ,but you put your hand on the other side ,its cold.and ……could afford 150 freeze-thaw test...its a magical materials ...so?what do you think now?

  • Jan Bergström

    Now they just need to work for 10 years to break the blockage from traditional building companies.

  • Siegfoult

    Looks nice. Whats the catch? There is a catch.

  • Gordon Freeman

    It's made out of asbestos. 100% asbestos.

  • Siegfoult

    I believe you because you are a well known scientist.

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