China prints 3D mansion & apartment block
The craze of 3D printing has taken off in recent years and now it has reached new heights with an entire 3D printed apartment block built in China.
The five-storey building was designed and constructed by WinSun Decoration Design Engineering Co who have previously built houses with the technology.
Giant 3D printers are used to construct the walls by layering the ink mixture, leaving a distinctive tiered appearance. The 'ink' is a mix of cement and construction waste, including recycled industrial waste and tailings.
Along with the apartment building, WinSun also printed a villa for an estimated cost of US$161,000 (NZ$214,366) undecorated. Both are located at the Suzhou Industrial Park and were built using a 32-metre-long, 10-metre-wide, and 6.4- metre-tall printer.
In March 2014, WinSun built 10 homes in less than 24 hours using the same printing technology for US$5,000 each. It was initially believed to be a hoax.
According to online 3D printing website 3Ders, WinSun's villa was specifically designed for Taiwanese-owned real estate company Tomson Group who expressed interest after seeing the 10 houses built.
In 2013 a Dutch team, DUS Architects, were also looking into 3D building houses, using a plastic mixture primarily made of plant-based oils.
Their creation, Canal House at the Rijksmuseum, has been visited by United States President Barack Obama.
ABOVE: An entire 3D printed apartment block built in China. Photo: NetEase News