Opinion: A "3D printed" villa from China. Perfect for Florida swampland?
By Steve Payne
The hype about “3D printing” has hit our industry.
Well, it has in China, anyway.
Less than a year after the first “3D printed” houses were unveiled in Shanghai, it seems that those were only “small” examples of this new technology (about 2,000 sq.ft. each).
Now, the same company, Shanghai WinSun Decoration Design Engineering Co., has unveiled a villa, and an apartment building, that it “printed” from the concrete-hybrid-squirting jet nozzles in its “printer.”
Some printer. This thing is 150 metres long, 10 metres wide, and 6.6 metres tall!
The concrete-hybrid material that forms these incredible structures (I use the world incredible advisedly – this stuff is monumentally not credible as a business opportunity) is made of “recycled construction waste, glass fiber, steel, cement and ‘special additives.’ ”
This strange “ink” being Chinese, of course, and having such a high element of “waste” material in it, you don’t think there are health hazards, do you? No, neither do I. Nah. Don’t worry about it.
The villa pictured “cost,” according to WinSun, $161,000 US.
I don’t believe that either. The actual cost, given the technology investments over a decade, has to be astronomical.
But this was all announced at a press conference featuring interested investors. And pumped out onto the internet for everyone to, as we have (guilty!), repost and link to and forward and embed, etc.
I am hoping that these 3D printed houses come with 3D printed pontoons to stop them sinking into the 3D Florida marshland that is the only conceivable place they would seem appropriate here in North America.
If you think I’m being too cynical, read the online propaganda here.
Comments welcome. No WinSun LoseSun jokes. I already thought of that one.