Lighter Side: The future of real estate is here

by Jamie Henry06 Feb 2015
Real estate aesthetics are constantly changing – from vinyl siding, to brick, to… whatever material comes out of a 3D printer.

That’s right – Chinese construction firm WinSun Decoration Design Engineering used a 3D printer to construct a five-storey building and an 11,840-square-foot Neoclassical mansion. The firm also unveiled a series of 3D-printed single-family homes last year.

No big deal, right?

The firm used left over construction materials and a giant printer to construct the building. WinSun CEO Ma Yi He says the process can save between 30 and 60 per cent of building materials, shorten construction time by 50 to 70 per cent, and reduce labour costs by up to 80 per cent.

Real estate markets across the globe have already taken notice. The Egyptian government has already ordered 20,000 of the company’s single-family homes, while a Taiwanese estate has pre-ordered 10 mansions.

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