Shanghai Unveils World's Largest 3D-Printed Building

Within the last year 3D printing has been on the come up. And just when we thought we’d seen it all—from 3D printed dresses, to prosthetic limbs, and the worlds first 3D printing pen known as the 3Doodler, Shanghai has taken the world of 3D printing a few stories higher.

The Shanghai construction firm, [Win Sun Decoration Design Engineering](, has unveiled what they claim to be the world’s tallest 3D printed building, featuring a somewhat terra cotta exterior. This five-story apartment complex stands beside a 3D printed, 11,840 sq. ft. neoclassical mansion, and are both on display at the Suzhou National Park. The structures were printed using patented ink derived from a mixture of recycled construction waste, which was then processed through a 150-meter long printer.

These buildings are not Win Sun’s first triumph in 3D building. Last year they printed 10 affordable single-story houses in 24 hours—an advancement that gives governments hope in their quest for alternative housing solutions. Apparently, these homes have been inspected by the chief engineer of China Construction and are up to speed with national standards. However, the only drawback to this happy ending is that there aren’t actually any standards for 3D printed buildings yet. Sketch much?

Feeling skeptical about the promise of 3D-printed construction is only natural, even Portlandia has touched upon the technology’s unpragmatic abilities. So who knows, 3D printed schools may be the way of the future, but seriously, those plastic bricks better be hella secure before we walk in.

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