“Biohome3D” 3D printed and sustainable house

“Biohome3D” 3D printed and sustainable house

Researchers at the University of Maine have used one of the world’s largest 3D printers to create “Biohome3D”, a house that was 3D printed from 100% natural materials. At a cozy 600 square meters, it is far from a mansion, but it towers over the world’s most colossal homes in its own way – namely that it is the first 3D-printed home made entirely of environmentally friendly components.

The floors, walls and ceiling of “Biohome3D” were all 3D printed, and are made from a mixture of biological resin 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 far faster than most traditional homes: the University of Maine notes in a press release that four large 3D modules were written out before the home was assembled in about half a day, and an electrician took two hours to fully wire it up – a far cry from traditional building methods and materials, which often leave a large environmental footprint and take months to assemble a home.

University of Maine spokespersons note that “Biohome3D” was created to alleviate America’s current affordable housing shortage, saying “Less time is required on site to build and assemble the home due to the use of automated manufacturing and off-site manufacturing. Printing with abundant, renewable, locally sourced wood fiber feedstock reduces reliance on a finite 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 “a homeowner’s space, energy efficiency and aesthetic preferences.”

“Biohome 3D” is currently housed 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 other luminous design news, check out Palace and Anglepoise’s “permanently lit” lamp collaboration.

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