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SOM and Oak Ridge National Lab Debut 3D-Printed Shelter and Car

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Source: Architect Magazine

The quest continues to develop a 3D-printed enclosure that can be reproduced on-demand. The latest development comes from Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), which today debuted a 3D-printed shelter designed in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge (Tenn.) National Laboratory (ORNL), as well as Maryville, Tenn.-based housing manufacturer Clayton Homes and the University of Tennessee's College of Architecture and Design. The project, dubbed the Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy demonstration, or AMIE, has two parts: SOM’s enclosure and a companion vehicle, also 3D printed, which share renewable power to stay off-grid during periods of peak energy demand. Using rapid prototyping, the team was able to bring the project from concept to completion in less than a year.

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