Residents in a Xi’an neighborhood in China looked on in amazement last week as a 3D-printed house was assembled on site in just three hours. It’s not the most lavish construction we’ve ever seen, but it looks sturdy and comfortable with some nice features inside and outside balconies upstairs.
The images below, from CCTV’s Facebook page, show a small crowd gathering as the home is assembled with a crane.
Each module (sitting room, bedroom, kitchen, etc.) is printed separately at the factory and then they are assembled into a complete home on site. The villa shown here consists of six modules. The whole process, including printing and assembly, can be completed within 10 days according to the manufacturer.
So, what’s the damage? About 2,500-3,000 yuan per square meter, bringing a 200 square meter home to 500,000 to 600,000 yuan (US$80,500-96,600). As the industry develops, prices are expected to only drop in the future.