“We will not solve the housing problem overnight,” says Dagher. “We’re looking at radical solutions to solve the problem over the next decade, and 3D printing of homes with bio-based materials is one radical solution.”

 

The Advanced Structures and Composites Center 3D printed a prototype house using sustainable composite materials on its custom Ingersoll MasterPrint® 3X, which features an integrated CNC 5-axis machine for cutting, surface finishing and part geometry finishing.

Photo Credit: University of Maine

Susan Keen Flynn is managing editor of Composites Manufacturing magazine. Email comments to sflynn@keenconcepts.net.