U of I earns $4 million to build 3D-printing technology

The University of Idaho is developing technology to turn Idaho wood waste into one of the most sustainable building construction materials on the market.

It’s all being done by using it as a medium for 3D-printing building construction materials.

An interdisciplinary research team has been awarded nearly $4 million from the National Science Foundation’s EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program to work on the project. 

Funds support further development and testing of an additive manufacturing process and the design and construction of a 3D printer capable of producing modular wall, floor and roof panels printed from wood for industrial construction.

The multi-year, 3D-printing technology project is expected to positively impact Idaho’s fast-growing construction industry. 

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, 60% of global waste is produced from the construction sector.

With unique carbon sequestration potential, this new 3D-printed material is expected to reduce that significantly.