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3D Printing with Local Soil: The Next Step for the Construction Industry

Researchers from Texas A&M University are developing a promising sustainable, adobe-like building material that can be created from local soil and extruded from a 3D printer to make a robust structure, according to a new report recently presented at the American Chemical Society Fall 2020 Virtual Meeting & Expo.


There are two huge challenges currently facing the construction industry: the need for more sustainable infrastructure and the need to fix deteriorating infrastructure. For more than a century, concrete has been the go-to construction material for buildings and infrastructure.


Unfortunately, the production of concrete has an extensive carbon footprint, as well as a high degree of waste and a final product that cannot be recycled.


To address the sustainability issues facing the construction industry, some scientists have been researching solutions related to additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, which involves extruding subsequent layers of a quickly-solidifying material. There […]


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