Affordable Rural Housing with 3D Printed Composite Materials Made from Forestry Waste

Rural communities require affordable housing and a team of Auburn University researchers, in collaboration with University of Idaho researchers, is developing an innovative solution by using forestry waste to create composite materials that can be additively manufactured into strong,

reliable building components.

The Auburn team will focus on bio-resin development as a feedstock for 3D printing,

while the University of Idaho group will handle the printing.

The National Science Foundation’s Research Infrastructure Improvement Program is funding the research.
Sustainable adhesives are being developed from renewable forest biomass and other waste resources,

which is another concern of the team.

“The thematic basis of our proposal is to develop innovative materials that will be environment-friendly,less dependent on depleting petroleum resources and will use natural sources or waste products with the realization of the impact on the environment that the current generation of composite materials has at the end of their life,”

Leveraging 3d printing in construction

Maria Auad, director of the Center for Polymers and Advanced Composites at Auburn, explained
The School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences at Auburn University is also involved, with research focused on nanocellulose synthesis and the mechanical performance of bio-resins in composites used in the printing process.

“We will make 3D-printed wall panels that can be used in housing and building construction.

“Said Professor Brian Via, head of Auburn’s Forest Products Development Center and the project’s primary investigator.

This will enable precise building in a manufacturing environment using sustainable resources that can be transported to the job site.

We can 3D print building components that can be recycled at the end of their lives using biobased polymers and fibres.”

Source: Composite Manufacturing

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