Saudis look to Chinese 3D printing company to tackle housing shortage

Last week a team from Chinese 3D printing construction company WinSun visited Saudi Arabia, meeting with department of housing official and others to discuss the kingdom’s housing shortfall.

According to 3ders.com and others, the Chinese firm’s chairman and vice president met officials from the housing department and investment authority, and were told the Saudi government believes WinSun’s technology could help meet a shortage in available housing. WinSun was invited to open a Saudi factory.

According to an April report from Reuters, the Arab state is looking at a shortfall of 1.5 million housing units over the next five years.

Detailed, authoritative information on the reported 3D printed housing plan is hard to find.

WinSun has gained international attention in recent years for efforts such as building ten 3D printed houses in under 24 hours (in 2014) and creating the world’s first 3D printed office building (in Dubai earlier this year, pictured).