A technician checks on a 3D printer as it constructs a model human figure in the exhibition '3D: printing the future' in the Science Museum on October 8, 2013 in London, England. The exhibition, which opens to the public tomorrow, features over 600 3D pri / Oli Scarff/Getty Images

The technique means houses can be printed for just £3,000

A firm in China has reportedly used a giant 3D printer to build ten houses in a single day.

Similarly to the process used by smaller 3D printers, company WinSun used four 10m x 6.6m printers to spray a combination of cement and construction waste in multiple directions. The layering effect eventually created ten separate, detached, one-floor houses, according to 3DPrinterPlans.com.

As the buildings are made using recycled materials and the process does not require labour, each house can be printed for £3,000 according to the website.

The parts for the printer were bought overseas, and the machine was assembled in a factory in the easter city of Suzhou, according to WinSun’s CEO, Ma Yihe.

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He claims that his technique is cost-effective, environmentally friendly, and safer for construction workers.

In the future he envisions that the technique will be used to build skyscrapers, but for now, the company plans to erect a villa, and build 100 recycling facilities around China to help keep up with demand.