Suzhou, a Chinese town, is now the host of the largest 3D printed structure in the world. According to the latest news, Winsum has completed the construction of a 3D printed wall in Suzhou. The wall constructed by the Chinese construction company is 1,640 feet (over 500 meters) long. This makes it a special 3D printed structure in the world.
The wall is a river embankment that is a kind of slating wall created to shield a shoreline from erosion. The revetment does this through the absorption of energy of the current of the water.
The structures may be crucial to reserving coastal habits. However, the digging and foundation setting needed by conventional means of constructing them may result in contaminated waterways. It may also result in other environmental problems.
By 3D printing its revetment, Winsun was able to observe the general shape of the Suzhou Creek. This is according to reports. As a result, this method puts less stress on the ecosystem. Unlike the conventional building methods, 3D printing the revetment was affordable, quick and needed less on-location labor. Winsun said this in a video where it highlighted the project. They also highlighted the reasons they think 3D printing the revetment will not possibly be the last.
The project is included in their program of work to reconstruct Suzhou. This is a former mining town that is undergoing transformation into a hub for high tech production and digital sector.
The project has been considered successful and will be utilized to create walls for other waterways. The waterways include the Changhu Shen Line to the east of Shanghai.
Winsun is based in Shanghai. The company was started in 2003 as a producer of a kind of glass fiber gypsum board. Winsun is the inventor of the glass board. It also started to come up with 3D printing methods in 2008. Currently, the company claims to have over 225 licenses.
The company rose to fame in 214 after succeeding to print ten houses in a day for not more than $5,000 each. In 2017, Winsun signed a 3-year partnership with US engineer Aecom. It was on the news that Winsun had an intention to print 1.5m houses in Saudia Arabia.
Last month, the firm declared that it had made scenic public toilets as an addition to the toilet revolution of China. This is a multibillion-dollar campaign that started in 215 to enhance hygiene in China. This was specifically in tourist attraction areas.