3D Printed Community: Potential Impact on Industry

3D Printed Community: Potential Impact on Industry

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3D printing is helping innovative builders around the world stay cost-effective while boosting efficiency, and now a new group of builders and designers are working to build a 3D community.

WASP, or World’s Advanced Saving Project, aims to combine 3D printing tech with renewable building materials to find inexpensive ways to construct homes quicker and more sustainably. Researchers started with a simple 3D project home and have now begun work on the Shamballa Technological Village. This will test how 3D printing can be used to assemble an entire community.

“3D printing a house is much less laborious than traditional building techniques,” says WASP project member Cinzia Carantoni. “We have calculated that two men can build a home in a week.”

WASP is creating these project homes with 3D printing and local materials. But builders can learn from the use of this technology and replicate the efforts on any jobsite.

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How It’s Built and Impact on Industry (Video Included)

 

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WASP is also relying on local materials to build the home.
WASP is also relying on local materials to build the home.

Mission and Process

The aim of WASP’s Shamballa Village is to build what the team calls “zero-mile homes” that use materials found in the surrounding area.

The idea is to develop techniques that combine traditional 3D printing with local materials, such as mud and wood, to teach researchers and builders in developing countries how to better construct sustainable homes without sacrificing a lot of supplies and materials.

Aside from the research focus, the project is also helping TecHome Builders understand ways to diversify themselves with unique building techniques and solutions that will appeal to clients seeking a unique lifestyle.

Think of WASP’s work as being the ground floor for builders. They can take the base level of technical information and expand off of it to offer these efficient homes with home technology.

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About The Author

Michael Black is a staff writer and content coordinator at TecHome Builder. He has a particular interest in new solar developments and smart energy systems and is always looking for the next smart home trend to cover. As the youngest member of the TecHome team, Michael brings a passion that keeps the team energized. He also is instrumental in leading our social media efforts.

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