3D Printed Cars and Solar-Powered 3D Printed Houses

Courtesy of Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Showcased at IMTS, the AMIE (Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy) project from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory demonstrated how AM can be used to create a symbiotic relationship between energy and the way humans live.

The modular house is a single room that incorporates inexpensive vacuum-insulated panels into a 3D printed shell. It is the largest structure entirely built of advanced composites and can draw energy from the grid or from the photovoltaic panels built into the roof.

But the 3.2 kw system also can charge a hybrid electric vehicle via a wireless pad in the driveway. Bidirectional wireless energy flow also allows the vehicle’s battery to supply energy to the home during peak demand.

The vehicle itself is produced using Big Area Additive Manufacturing, or BAAM technology.

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Abigail Saltmarsh is a freelance journalist with 25 years’ experience for industry publications (Packaging Europe) and national magazines (The New York Times, International Herald Tribune).

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