A new test home that was 3D-printed using biomaterials has been unveiled by the University of Maine Advanced Structure and Composite Center (ASCC).
The building is a prototype used to determine whether it is possible to print mid-sized homes
using 3D technology without using extruded concrete and instead using a novel wood fibre and bio-resin composite.
The ASCC created the straightforward rectangular BioHome3D, measuring 600 square feet (about 50 square meters), with an overhanging arched roof. The team was able to 3D-print the unit’s walls, roof, floors, and even supporting front columns because of this design.
In contrast to BioHome3D, most technologies being developed to 3D print homes use concrete.
On top of a conventionally cast concrete foundation, however, are only the concrete walls.
The roof is finished with conventional wood
According to researchers,
only in Maine do sawmills and processing plants generate enough wood waste each year to produce approximately 100,000 BioHome3D.