3D Wood Printer

Wednesday 13 Oct 2021

UI researchers win grant to build a 3D wood printer - Researchers at the University of Idaho received a $3.9 million grant from the National Science Foundation to build 3D printing technology capable of turning wood waste and sawdust into construction materials.

Leading the research team is Michael Maughan, an assistant professor in UI’s College of Engineering. According to a Thursday news release from the university, he hopes the project will champion more sustainable building techniques.

“We’re developing a new composite material, using completely bio-based resources on a truly large scale,” Maughan said, “With this technology, houses and commercial buildings can be made entirely differently. We can push past climate change, mitigate impact on our environment and make better use of the natural resources we have.”

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