“Biohome3D” 3D Printed & Sustainable House

“Biohome3D” 3D Printed & Sustainable House

Scientists at the University of Maine have used one of the largest 3D printers in the world to create the “Biohome3D”, a house 3D printed from 100% natural materials. At a comfortable 600 square feet, it’s far from a mansion, but it towers over the world’s most colossal residences in its own way, namely, it’s the first ever fully 3D-printed home. composed of environmentally friendly components.

The floors, walls and roof of “Biohome3D” have all been 3D printed and are made from a mixture of organic resins and sustainably sourced wood fibres. It is also 100% recyclable. Although its creation was a massive undertaking between the University of Maine, the US government’s Department of Energy, and other parties, its actual assembly was much faster than most traditional houses: the University of Maine notes in a press release that four large 3D modules were printed before the house was assembled in about half a day, and an electrician took two hours to fully wire it up – a far cry from traditional construction methods and materials. , which often leave a large environmental footprint and take months to assemble a home.

Spokespersons for the University of Maine note that “Biohome3D” was created to alleviate the current shortage of affordable housing in the United States, stating “Less time is required to build and furnish the home on site due to the using automated manufacturing and off-site production. Printing using abundant, renewable, locally sourced wood fiber reduces dependence on a constrained supply chain. These materials support the revitalization of local forest products industries and are more resilient to global supply chain disruptions and labor shortages. Future iterations of the home will be customizable to meet “space, energy efficiency and a homeowner’s aesthetic preferences”.

“Biohome 3D” is currently located outside the University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center, equipped with sensors that monitor its structural integrity as well as its thermal and environmental capabilities. Data collected from these sensors will inform future designs, as the first “Biohome3D” is a prototype.

Check out the University of Maine’s full statement for more information, and if you’re looking for more illuminating design news, check out Palace and Anglepoise’s “always-on” lamp collaboration.

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