The Clayton home building group (Clayton) and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have teamed up with two other companies to design and build a 3D printed concept home, showcasing the possibilities of 3D printing and illustrating advancements in energy management. The four entities unveiled this revolutionary achievement in 3D printing at a ceremony in the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
The project, officially titled Additive Manufacturing and Integrated Energy (A.M.I.E.), came to fruition as a partnership among Clayton, ORNL, carbon fibre manufacturer Tru-Design and architecture firm Skidmore Owings and Merrill (SOM).
SOM designed the concept, Tru-Design pre-assembled and coated the structure, ORNL printed it and Clayton assembled all of the pieces together. The four organizations came together to produce a 200sqft concept home that includes compatibility with a 3D printed car that allows the home and car to transmit electricity between each other wirelessly.
ORNL, Clayton, Tru-Design and SOM officially unveiled the concept home during an Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Industry Day event that focused on the latest in energy-efficient technologies in the construction, auto and manufacturing industries.