A window has been constructed by 3D printers using a method called “parallel framing”, according to the company behind the project.
The window is designed to be placed in a building in China’s far eastern province of Xinjiang, where the country’s Muslim Uighur minority has faced increasing pressure over alleged religious discrimination.
The window is the first of its kind in the world, according to 2D Systems, which built the 3D-printed window in partnership with the local building society, according the company’s website.
“The window was made from a combination 3D printed with 3D cutting and welding to make it as durable as possible,” 2D systems founder and CEO Jiajun Li said.
“This allows us to test and build new materials without having to buy them and test them against the traditional window frame.”
The window, which measures 1,000 square feet (3,000 sq m), was made with 3-D printed materials, including plastic, glass, metal, stainless steel, glass fiber, glass and concrete.
The company plans to build more windows in Xinjiang.
“With this new method of building window, we hope to reduce the cost of construction in China and build better structures in Xinji,” Li said in a statement.
“It also means that the window could be made in less time and in less cost.”
The building society and the construction company have received the construction contract to build the window, according 2D.
The building society is in charge of financing the project, while the construction firm is responsible for all the production and logistics.
Li said that 2D is looking forward to seeing how the window’s construction goes and hopes to see it completed by next year.
The project is still in the planning stage, but “we hope that we can complete it by 2021,” he said.
2D plans to produce a variety of materials, and to have a wide range of sizes of windows to display on the building’s exterior.