If you needed any more evidence for how big an impact 3D printing will have on supply chains, here it is now. Chinese company WinSun Decoration Design Engineering recently used four very large 3D printers to build 10 one-story houses in one day. So the next time you go camping, instead of bringing a tent, maybe just bring one of those printers and make yourself a log cabin?
Housing for All
The printers combine cement and construction waste to create walls in layers, and the houses’ individual components are checked for quality as they are completed, because protocols do not yet exist for quality control of 3D printed housing. Each house cost less than $5,000 to complete, and because no one has to dig up stone and cut it into pieces, the company claims these houses are good for the environment as well. If we can build entire houses with 3D printers, their potential for producing objects on a smaller scale is truly limitless. For more details, you can read this article by Melissa Goldin at Mashable: http://mashable.com/2014/04/28/3d-printing-houses-china/