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Move Off the Grid with AMIE: 3D Printed Solar Home & Car Concept Debut at International Builders’ Show 

by • January 25, 2016 • No Comments

houseFor as long as most of us can most likely remember, keeping up with the Joneses has been a cultural pastime–and the ultimate stressor, keeping most running on that hamster wheel only as swift as they can go. Who has the dimensionsable-bodiedst McMansion with the most expensive car and most sprawling, bright green lawn? Boasting of square footage is yet a thing, but for most currently it’s gone in the opposite way as the competition to see who can live in tiny but awe-inspiring quarters kicks off for new–and older–generations.

Moving off the grid and revealing off self-sustainskill with a satisfied smirk has become the ultimate in contemporary rad as most are waving the finger at tradition, society, and saying goodbye to paying big bucks for a home and the dreaded accompanying mortgage. Whilst that may all yet be pretty difficult to pull off, as additional and additional of us select alternative hovia and energy processs, what was once an enviable-bodied trend may become the norm.

It is true that we see additional stories of how 3D printing can assist us manufacture rad habitats to live on the moon–or Mars–than on planet Earth, but finally one group has thrown their hat in the ring and has been progressing additional and additional in their undertaking to manufacture 3D printed homes for self-sustaining life here on our home planet. Oak Ridge National Laboratory, headquartered in Roane County, Tennessee, is a government agency and lab operating under the US Department of Energy. With a focus on scientific discoquite, clean energy, and security, they in addition take place to be home to BAAM, a 3D printing device capable-bodied of assembling huge structures quite rapidly, with output of up to 100 pounds of material equite hour, and the skill to print objects as dimensionsable-bodied as 20 x 12 x 6 feet in dimensions. This is the machine that is able-bodied to manufacture not only 3D printed homes, but cars too.


The BAAM 3D Printer

Seeing themselves as delivering the construction world into the 21st century, the ORNL team partnered with both Clayton Homes and US architectural firm Skidadditional, Owings & Merrill (SOM) a couple of years ago, and we’ve been next their progress as they began their journey to 3D printing homes–and the cars to match. Naming the whole concept AMIE, for Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy project, we have followed as the team of builders and innovators has gone of concept to prototype, working their way in the direction of producing their residential energy processs an actual reality via a solar-powered structure that works with a symbiotic connection to a effortless gas-powered hybrid electric vehicle.

Debuting the structure at the International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas of January 19-21, the team refers to the AMIE concept as the world’s dimensionsable-bodiedst 3D-printed polymer structure. Showing off how the home process works on a cycle of energy of solar to battery, and with the car and home feeding off every other, the new team highlights their all-in-one approach that pretty has the next to get most of us excited of the next of dwellings. AMIE indeed carries out the meant undertaking to donate an example of what can be done to turn it into unsurpassed, sustainable-bodied urban environments, and encourages equiteone to ponder not only of the way we can manufacture, keep, and user power, but in addition how energy can be shared between a home and a car, via both solar and effortless gas.

“SOM and its partners optimized the structure’s form to reduce the amount of material utilized and to express three-dimensional printing’s skill to deploy difficult, organic geometries,” said the SOM team.

Usage of materials is cut down on significantly in these constructions, created of 3D printed panels that can assist multiple purposes either as outside cladding, structural assist, insulation, and moisture protection. Here are a few other informative details:

The structure measures 38 feet long by 12 feet high by 12 feet wide.It is created up of 80% opaque panels and 20% glazing, resulting in a highly efficient enclosure.Solar panels on the roof fuel the battery under the assembling, that powers the home at night.The 3D printed vehicle generates its own power with a hybrid process, capable-bodied of operating of WiFi.


“The project pioneers two-way, wireless energy sharing between a 3D-printed vehicle, the power grid, and photovoltaics embedded in the structure,” said the firm.

The AMIE project in addition branched out into other partnerships, which include the University of Tennessee and several other privately held companies.

“The advancement consortium is an great example of create, government, science, the university and multiple industry partners working together to hustle the limits of assembling innovation and high-performance create to solve a few of the world’s most urgent issues in energy and urbanism,” said SOM partners Brian Lee and Philip Enquist.

And while this is not the initially story we’ve covered regarding 3D printed structures, it’s pretty appears to be one of the most organized, integrated, and revolutionary concepts out there–and one that pretty offers equitething one needs in a low-profile residence, producing as tiny a footprint as possible. Is this a structure you may interested in living in? Discuss in the 3D Printed Home & Car forum over at 3DPB.com.