The world’s largest 3D-printed structure, designed by SOM and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, will be presented to the public for the first time at the International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas this January. The building is part of the Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy (AMIE) demonstration project—an effort that brought together leaders from government and industry to pioneer innovative methods for building and operating energy-saving structures.
SOM and its partners optimized the structure’s form to reduce the amount of material used and to express three-dimensional printing’s ability to deploy complex, organic geometries. The project also pioneers two-way, wireless energy sharing between a 3D-printed vehicle, the power grid, and photovoltaics embedded in the structure.
AMIE is a result of the Governor’s Chair for Energy and Urbanism, a five-year collaboration between the University of Tennessee Knoxville, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and SOM. The Governor’s Chair is aimed at advancing a holistic vision for sustainability and resilience in the built environment through collaborative research, teaching, and public programming.
NAHB International Builders’ Show
January 19-21, 2016
Las Vegas Convention Center
Las Vegas, Nevada