3D printed tiny home fully recyclable

100% of the home materials could be recycled 5 times

The University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center has taken a new approach to the tech by using a proprietary bio-based material to print the floors, walls, and roof of a 600-square-foot home.

If it wanted to, the center said it could fully recycle the home’s printed components. “We’re looking at the ability to 100% recycle the home materials five times, and we’re doing testing right now to see what happens every time you recycle it,” Habib Dagher, the founding executive director of the center and principal investigator of this project.

Dagher hopes this home is proof that the tech could help sustainably alleviate the US’s affordable-housing crisis. Instead of a traditional concrete mix, the Advanced Structures and Composites Center uses bio-resins to encapsulate wood residuals from local sawmills creating a durable printing material that could be immune to supply-chain fluctuations, while giving a second life to what would otherwise be wood waste. And the supply is nearly as endless as the demand: Dagher believes Maine produces enough wood waste to make 100,000 homes annually.


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