In the past decades, architects and engineers have been looking for new ways of building houses for the future of humanity. A crucial factor in the fight for climate change prevention will be the zero carbon footprint and the use of biomaterials. 3D printing is promising to become an important step in such clean building. At the University of Maine, the first eco-friendly house was printed in 2022 by the local Advanced Structures & Composites Center.
BioHome3D is a 600-square-foot one-bedroom house with a separate kitchen, a living room, and a bathroom. Using an industrial 3D printer, four components of the house were printed (including all the walls, floors, and the roof) and later assembled at the prepared construction site. No concrete was used in production, but rather locally produced biomaterials such as wood fiber flour and sawdust combined with bio-resin and corn. It is notable that after the lifetime of the house comes to an end, it can be 100% recycled.
Learn more about BioHome3D on the official website - https://composites.umaine.edu/biohome3d/