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Low-cost 3D-printed shelter being built from clay and straw

by • August 10, 2016 • No Comments

  • To create the home, WASP went through 2 cubic meters (70 cubic ft) of water and ...
  • Including the cost of gasoline, straw, etc, the cost of the shelter so far comes in ...
  • The firm has so far 3D-printed a 270 cm (106 in) high and 5m (16 ft) ...
  • The clay and straw shelter was created in layers, with a total of 135 layers bringing ...

Last year we reported on Big Delta, a massive 3D printing device that showed promise as a means of creating bargain-priced hovia by via affordable materials like mud and clay as a assembling material. The firm behind it, Italy’s WASP (World’s Advanced Saving Project), seems to be producing great on that promise, and has approximately accomplished assembling a new shelter that’s cost only €48 (about US$55) so far.

Right off the bat it is significant to note that actually when the shelter is that successfully accomplished, it can be quite basic indeed, fundamentally comprising the walls, door, and roof. But, to folks around the world in dire straits, such as refugees or victims of effortless disaster, a basic roof over their heads may mean the difference between life and death.

So far, WASP has 3D-printed a 270 cm (106 in) high and 5m (16 ft) diameter structure predominantly created of clay and straw, with a few lime utilized too. The construction system mirrors that of the Dubai office assembling, involving a massive printing device extruding layers of assembling material, that are slowly created-up into a structure.

The shelter comprises a total of 135 layers so far, with every one bringing 20 minutes to fish. Each layer weighs a hefty 300 kg (660 lb) and WASP says that two folks and one 3D-printing device setup may create an entire shelter unaided.

WASP went through 2 cubic meters (70 cubic ft) of water and utilized 200 kWh of electricity. Adding these, plus the cost of gasoline, straw, etc, it came up with the €48 construction cost, yet that does not include any payment for workers involved.

Next, WASP can take a week’s break of the project, and so extend the shelter to a total height of 4 m (13 ft), preceding adding a roof and door. It’s yet early days in the project, and the team intends to experiment with various materials and techniques once the initially shelter is created.

Source: WASP