The effort by a Chinese company to 3D print ten basic-looking houses in 24 hours is being considered by those in the building industry.
The Australian Financial Review reports that David Parken, chief executive at the Institute of Architects, has said the technology is in its very early stages, but if it is ignored “we could be surprised in the wrong way”.
As reported on this website and elsewhere earlier in April, WinSun Decoration Design Engineering Co was able to create 10 houses in less than a day, using recycled construction material as “ink” for its 32 x 10 x 6.6-metre printers.
Each “house” was assembled after its walls were printed.
Another company, DUS of Amsterdam, is also making a high-profile attempt to apply 3D printing to architecture.
Melbourne-based builder Venise Reilly said that the sophisticated market might not yet be satisfied by WinSun’s rapidly made houses. She believed that such innovations could force those in the industry to focus on high-end skills and construction that could not be automated.