How 3D Printing is Revitalizing the Village Economy in Xizang, China


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A 3D printing construction company in Lhasa, the capital of southwest China’s Xizang Autonomous Region, has been significantly enhancing the local economy with its 3D printed products. Yingcai Construction Technology, formed in June 2023, not only brings forth job opportunities for the local population but also integrates groundbreaking recycling practices, presenting both fiscal and environmental benefits.

The company’s 3D printing proficiency allows for effective construction processes, resulting in high-end products such as flower pots and isolation strips. Its triumph is mirrored in the encouraging market feedback and the feasibility for future growth. Team members, profiting from better wages and skill enhancement, show contentment with their work-life equilibrium and career advancement prospects.

Creating over 60 jobs and offering an average wage of 8,000 yuan per month, Yingcai Construction Technology serves as an example for incorporating modern technology into rural economies. The company’s influence goes beyond just providing employment, as it also contributes to local community growth via dividends to the village residents.

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A worker inspects the printed concrete layers. (Image Credit: Xinhua/Chen Zepeng)

“Locals had relatively limited sources of income in the past. The 3D printing construction company has created many employment opportunities,” said subdistrict official Zhang Yonghai.

“The company has injected high-tech elements into the development of the collective village economy. The benefits of the 3D printing construction enterprise are significant, aligning with future development trends and making a substantial contribution to rural revitalization efforts.”

As the year concludes, Yingcai Construction Technology’s influence continues to grow, receiving invitations to expand its operations to other cities. This expansion indicates a broader trend of integrating high-tech solutions into rural economic development, so other villages could potentially benefit from 3D printing as Tsal Village has already done.

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