3D Printing Technologies Just Built a Sustainable House | doGood

 

The latest innovation from 3D printing comes from a developer called WASP. This Italian company recently built a 30 square meter home build entirely from agricultural waste and soil using their modular technology.

Their 3D printing approach can build homes in a variety of sizes and formats. Each house looks like a giant hive, with internal timber beams that support a roof made with a more traditional approach. Glass doors and windows help to bring in extra light.

WASP claims that the entire home is 100% biodegradable.

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Cranes support the 3D printer that suspends over the building site. Programmers then initiate the printing process to create walls that contain vertical cavities. Workers get to fill those open spaces with rice husks that will serve as the structure’s insulation.

The husks are also part of the plaster coating on the interior walls, and they serve as an insulative layer for the top of the roof.

WASP says that this process keeps the inside temperature of the home at a comfortable level, eliminating the need for internal heating or cooling in extreme temperatures.

The wall structure contains an outer cavity that supports natural ventilation. This placement even allows for the routing of an energy supply in the home.

When the technology works as intended, then WASP can build an entire home using this method in only ten days. The whole structure costs approximately $1,000 to complete, and there is virtually zero environmental impact.

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