Not a brick in the wall in this 3D-printed house in China

A villa built by 3D printing technology at a village in Binzhou, eastern China's Shandong province. The 3D-printed villa which uses no bricks in its construction costs 5,000 yuan (S$1,000) per sq m. Three months ago, a Chinese company 3D-printed a tw
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A villa built by 3D printing technology at a village in Binzhou, eastern China's Shandong province. The 3D-printed villa which uses no bricks in its construction costs 5,000 yuan (S$1,000) per sq m. Printers 20m wide and 6m tall were used in the construction, according to 3DPrint.com. The walls are made up of layers of material with a thickness of up to 3cm.

Three months ago, a Chinese company 3D-printed a two-storey house in Beijing's Tongzhou district in only 45 days. The house, with walls as thick as 24cm, covers an area of 400 sq m. Its builder claims that it can withstand an earthquake measuring eight on the Richter scale.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 27, 2016, with the headline 'Not a brick in the wall'. Print Edition | Subscribe