Jiayuan International adopts 3D technology to 'print' features


Hong Kong-listed property developer Jiayuan International Group is making a push into 3D-printing construction through a strategic partnership with WinSun Decoration Design Engineering, a Chinese company known for its technology that can 3D-print entire buildings.

Jiayuan International would work with WinSun to apply 3D printing technology for landscape gardening and outdoor products in its upcoming property projects, the company said.Once 3D-printing construction standards had been finalised in China, Jiayuan International would explore the possibilities of using the technology to construct buildings.

"Adopting 3D-printing technology helps to reduce both time and costs for construction [and] enables us to provide customised designs," Jiayuan International chief executive Cheuk Hiu Nam said earlier this week."We believe that 3D printing is a technology that will become more mature and more widely used in the future. Right now, we're still at the beginning in our new projects, we will start from landscaping gardening and outdoor products,"

3D printing is already a very mature technology, it replaces human labour with machines," he said. "But many people are still not able to accept 3D-printed buildings as a norm since it is still a novel technology," Ma pointed out. Adopting 3D-printing technology helps to reduce both time and costs for construction Jiayuan International chief executive Cheuk Hiu Nam"It's a process. We'll start from simple objects for landscaping [for Jiayuan International], before gradually moving up to building high-rise buildings as people get used to this technology." WinSun said it had active projects in cities like Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, along with countries such as Germany, France and Egypt.An "ink" comprising of materials such as cement, fibreglass and sand was used to print different sections of the buildings, which were then assembled on-site in Shanghai. The technology could also cut back on construction waste and pollution.