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3D printing is now a reality in the hotel industry

3D printing is gradually entering the building sector, the Lewis Grand Hotel has adopted this procedure to realize a 135 square meter extension, including several rooms. It is the first hotel structure to be built using 3D printing technology.

The first hotel structure produced using 3D printing is about to be unveiled in the Philippines. Installed in Angeles City, the Lewis Grand Hotel went to the entrepreneur that specializes in the trade, Andrey Rudenko, to build a 135-square meter extension. Rudenko had already experimented with the technology by printing a small-scale replica of a medieval castle in his own garden.

The new extension consists of a building that is nearly 10.5 meters wide, 12.5 meters long and 3 meters high, entirely built using technology for 3D printing with concrete. The extension will be a private villa with several bedrooms, a living room and whirlpool bath.

It took nearly 100 hours to build the structure, not including the time necessary for laying out pipes and electric cables. Developed in the United States, the 3D printer was assembled in the Philippines and uses concrete made from local materials. This technique makes it possible to reduce construction costs by 60% according to the entrepreneur.

3D printing had already been used in construction, but never in the hotel industry. In 2014, the Chinese firm WinSun Decoration Engineering Co built the first houses using this procedure. Just one day was needed to produce a 200 square meter home, representing a cost estimated at 3,500 euros. These houses nonetheless remain prototypes whose solidity has yet to be proven.

Others have positioned themselves on the 3D printing segment applied to construction. The Emirate of Dubai revealed plans for buildings that will serve as offices for the "Museum of the Future" project scheduled to open at 2017. To produce them using this new technique, the destination has called upon WinSun Decoration Engineering Co.

The Chinese firm is, nonetheless, not the only one to specialize on this sector. Other firms are about to produce 3D printers around the world, particularly in Amsterdam where the firm DUS Architects is developing Canal House. Even more futuristic, the University of Southern California is concentrating on its own project for a giant robot that includes a 3D printer in order to build houses itself.

3D printing could thus develop more rapidly than expected on the hotel construction market, particularly since it promises the best management of costs and environmental issues.

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