3D Printing Tiny Hemp Homes

Design , Education , Environment , Build Her Business
Wabamun

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Clay Printed Object

Clay Printed Object

Pledge: C$75.00
This will be a surprise gift, but functional. Once we are up and running we will characterize the extrusion/mixes by making plant pots, vases, and the like (thin wall deposit behaviour). All we know is that it will be something fabulous. Maybe you even have an idea? Delivery window of this reward is uncertain. Depends on the type of printer and establishing production and models. As with other similar rewards, you will get a promise note. Shipping of models will be extra, and dependent on size, weight, etc.
This will be a surprise gift, but functional. Once we are up and running we will characterize the extrusion/mixes by making plant pots, vases, and the like (thin wall deposit behaviour). All we know is that it will be something fabulous. Maybe you even have an idea? Delivery window of this reward is uncertain. Depends on the type of printer and establishing production and models. As with other similar rewards, you will get a promise note. Shipping of models will be extra, and dependent on size, weight, etc.
Pledge: C$75.00
Estimated Delivery: 2021-09-06
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Hemp Fabric Masks with Organic Cotton

Hemp Fabric Masks with Organic Cotton

Pledge: C$30.00
Fabric: 55% Hemp, 45% Organic Cotton String: 92% Rayon from Bamboo, 8% Spandex Perfect for working with hemp, hempcrete, hobbies, and general protection. * Eco-friendly hemp fabric, great wicking ability * Double layers * Homemade style * Washable * Rainbow colors to choose from * Proudly Made In Canada Comfortable and washable! Shipping included to Canada & USA. Colour choices may vary. Deliveries start 1-2 weeks after donation. Thank you!
Fabric: 55% Hemp, 45% Organic Cotton String: 92% Rayon from Bamboo, 8% Spandex Perfect for working with hemp, hempcrete, hobbies, and general protection. * Eco-friendly hemp fabric, great wicking ability * Double layers * Homemade style * Washable * Rainbow colors to choose from * Proudly Made In Canada Comfortable and washable! Shipping included to Canada & USA. Colour choices may vary. Deliveries start 1-2 weeks after donation. Thank you!
Pledge: C$30.00
Estimated Delivery: 2021-02-01
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A Night in the Hemp Dome

A Night in the Hemp Dome

Pledge: C$150.00
Want to stay a night in the hemp dome? The hemp dome is a 200 square foot, 16' diameter, geodesic-wood frame, encased in hempcrete. It has a floating hempcrete floor, with hemp wood-stain on the boards. The hempcrete walls are 8 inches thick, with three windows for light and airflow. It is a demonstration building and workspace. Other tour opportunities include a hempcrete greenhouse, 40 acres of rolling boreal parkland, a hemp composting toilet, and various hemp and hempcrete products including builds-in-progress. Please inquire further before reward purchase for full details. Located near Wabamun, Alberta. Lakes, trails and fishing nearby. Availability estimated to start June-July. You will be contacted for options and availability.
Want to stay a night in the hemp dome? The hemp dome is a 200 square foot, 16' diameter, geodesic-wood frame, encased in hempcrete. It has a floating hempcrete floor, with hemp wood-stain on the boards. The hempcrete walls are 8 inches thick, with three windows for light and airflow. It is a demonstration building and workspace. Other tour opportunities include a hempcrete greenhouse, 40 acres of rolling boreal parkland, a hemp composting toilet, and various hemp and hempcrete products including builds-in-progress. Please inquire further before reward purchase for full details. Located near Wabamun, Alberta. Lakes, trails and fishing nearby. Availability estimated to start June-July. You will be contacted for options and availability.
Pledge: C$150.00
Estimated Delivery: 2021-07-05
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How to build a Hempcrete Medium Beehive Box

How to build a Hempcrete Medium Beehive Box

Pledge: C$60.00
We are in the middle of developing and prototyping a hempcrete beehive. The first box is just finishing its cure. The second is in progress. You will get a full pdf concept model of the design and plans to make your own beehive hive box with hempcrete, including the recipe used, and how to recreate it yourself. You will also be updated on how the bees like their hive in 2022, after they have gone through a winter. You get: (1) PDF document of hive box concept design, with building guide and hempcrete recipe (electronic) (2) Update in 2022 as to how the prototype performed in our northern climate winter (electronic) The hive box design is for a modified warre medium box - 8 frames. -------- I was a junior beekeeper on and off for the last 4 years. I didn't have the heart after one hive was overwhelmed by wasps, and the other didn't make it out of the last cold snap (early 2020, -40C). I refused to buy any more bees until I had made a hempcrete bee house or found some other solution. An expert beekeeper friend asked me out of the blue if I thought hempcrete could help with the hive body itself. So I got to thinking. I made a 1/4 scale dog house with hemp panels, I could probably do the same for a medium box. I showed my friend the mini-dog house and said I could try something similar. I drafted up a design based on my current hives and built one medium. The first medium is about to go together, and the second is in progress with some new tools to help the frames fit better.
We are in the middle of developing and prototyping a hempcrete beehive. The first box is just finishing its cure. The second is in progress. You will get a full pdf concept model of the design and plans to make your own beehive hive box with hempcrete, including the recipe used, and how to recreate it yourself. You will also be updated on how the bees like their hive in 2022, after they have gone through a winter. You get: (1) PDF document of hive box concept design, with building guide and hempcrete recipe (electronic) (2) Update in 2022 as to how the prototype performed in our northern climate winter (electronic) The hive box design is for a modified warre medium box - 8 frames. -------- I was a junior beekeeper on and off for the last 4 years. I didn't have the heart after one hive was overwhelmed by wasps, and the other didn't make it out of the last cold snap (early 2020, -40C). I refused to buy any more bees until I had made a hempcrete bee house or found some other solution. An expert beekeeper friend asked me out of the blue if I thought hempcrete could help with the hive body itself. So I got to thinking. I made a 1/4 scale dog house with hemp panels, I could probably do the same for a medium box. I showed my friend the mini-dog house and said I could try something similar. I drafted up a design based on my current hives and built one medium. The first medium is about to go together, and the second is in progress with some new tools to help the frames fit better.
Pledge: C$60.00
Estimated Delivery: 2021-03-15
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Small 3D Printed PLA Goodie - Hemp Filament

Small 3D Printed PLA Goodie - Hemp Filament

Pledge: C$15.00
Using my tabletop printers I will print you a keychain (or equivalent printed goodie). It is a small fob-shape with a keyring for use with keys. It is full biodegradable and even compostable. Shipping included. Materials it may be printed in: Various colour biodegradable PLA: - Hemp PLA - Biochar PLA - Silver, gold, or silk PLA - Various Depending on demand expect delivery 1-2 weeks after donation. Thank you!
Using my tabletop printers I will print you a keychain (or equivalent printed goodie). It is a small fob-shape with a keyring for use with keys. It is full biodegradable and even compostable. Shipping included. Materials it may be printed in: Various colour biodegradable PLA: - Hemp PLA - Biochar PLA - Silver, gold, or silk PLA - Various Depending on demand expect delivery 1-2 weeks after donation. Thank you!
Pledge: C$15.00
Estimated Delivery: 2021-03-15
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Hempcrete 101 Block and Infill Starter Guide

Hempcrete 101 Block and Infill Starter Guide

Pledge: C$30.00
Go forth and hemp! A hempcrete 101 starter guide to get you mixing! 20 detailed pages of instruction. Immediate delivery, expect email/pdf 2-3 days after donation. -------- This is a PDF guide that will give you all the fundamentals you need to get started making your own test blocks and infill mixes, the perfect start to your hempcrete shed, greenhouse, outhouse, or cabin. Index: ---------------------------- How to make hempcrete - a starter & thank you Who could use this guide Essentials Why hemp? Hemp + Lime + Water = Hempcrete Indoor air But, a warning Binders (the ‘glue’) Hydrated (air) lime - type S is best, but type N will do the job Treating lime burns Mixing water - too much or too little Too Little Water Too Much Water A medium density hempcrete recipe Hemp hurd size effect on mixture Signs of a good batch - the clump test Making test block molds Mixing equipment Method - making test blocks Five gallon bucket markings (ratio by weight) example illustration. Mixing & tamping Checking your blocks, getting a good cure Method - larger batches with cement mixer Mixer batch - five gallon bucket markings Walls - pinning & forming between studs Walls - using spacers and forming around studs Cement/barrel mixer - technique Plastering and Limewash recipes Limewash Exterior plaster Retrofitting - adding hempcrete to your walls, sheds, etc. Troubleshooting - when things go wrong Contact, questions & consulting Workshops Recycling hempcrete ---- Electronic PDF Delivery via email.
Go forth and hemp! A hempcrete 101 starter guide to get you mixing! 20 detailed pages of instruction. Immediate delivery, expect email/pdf 2-3 days after donation. -------- This is a PDF guide that will give you all the fundamentals you need to get started making your own test blocks and infill mixes, the perfect start to your hempcrete shed, greenhouse, outhouse, or cabin. Index: ---------------------------- How to make hempcrete - a starter & thank you Who could use this guide Essentials Why hemp? Hemp + Lime + Water = Hempcrete Indoor air But, a warning Binders (the ‘glue’) Hydrated (air) lime - type S is best, but type N will do the job Treating lime burns Mixing water - too much or too little Too Little Water Too Much Water A medium density hempcrete recipe Hemp hurd size effect on mixture Signs of a good batch - the clump test Making test block molds Mixing equipment Method - making test blocks Five gallon bucket markings (ratio by weight) example illustration. Mixing & tamping Checking your blocks, getting a good cure Method - larger batches with cement mixer Mixer batch - five gallon bucket markings Walls - pinning & forming between studs Walls - using spacers and forming around studs Cement/barrel mixer - technique Plastering and Limewash recipes Limewash Exterior plaster Retrofitting - adding hempcrete to your walls, sheds, etc. Troubleshooting - when things go wrong Contact, questions & consulting Workshops Recycling hempcrete ---- Electronic PDF Delivery via email.
Pledge: C$30.00
Estimated Delivery: 2021-02-01
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Hempcrete DIY Block Kit and Full Starter Block/Infill Guide

Hempcrete DIY Block Kit and Full Starter Block/Infill Guide

Pledge: C$80.00
Hempcrete Kit: Local Alberta grown industrial hemp hurd (also known as hemp shiv), with lime binder. Mold not included - a cardboard box or small wooden frame works, see guide, Mix up the hempcrete following enclosed instructions, and make your own piece of the sustainable future! ALSO Included: The Full Hempcrete 101 Block and Infill Starter Guide A 20 page document that will get you rolling for block and infill recipes. You will be contacted afterwards - shipping NOT included (expect it to be around 20$ for Canada and US) Local pickup available. Expect delivery 1-2 weeks after donation, depending on demand.
Hempcrete Kit: Local Alberta grown industrial hemp hurd (also known as hemp shiv), with lime binder. Mold not included - a cardboard box or small wooden frame works, see guide, Mix up the hempcrete following enclosed instructions, and make your own piece of the sustainable future! ALSO Included: The Full Hempcrete 101 Block and Infill Starter Guide A 20 page document that will get you rolling for block and infill recipes. You will be contacted afterwards - shipping NOT included (expect it to be around 20$ for Canada and US) Local pickup available. Expect delivery 1-2 weeks after donation, depending on demand.
Pledge: C$80.00
Estimated Delivery: 2021-02-01
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Hempcrete 8x12 Greenhouse Plans and Hempcrete Starter Guide

Hempcrete 8x12 Greenhouse Plans and Hempcrete Starter Guide

Pledge: C$100.00
In 2018 we built a passive solar hempcrete greenhouse, based on a simple horse shed design. Since then we have installed wicking beds, and it has been performing beautifully. The greenhouse has been optimized for a sunny climate. Perfect for Southern/Central Alberta. - Includes general ventilation and glazing specifications for site-specific use. In addition to the greenhouse plans, you get the full Hempcrete Starter PDF Guide with mix recipes, techniques, and tips & tricks. Inquire for full details. Delivery/email of package estimated to be 1-2 weeks after reward purchase. Thank you for your support!
In 2018 we built a passive solar hempcrete greenhouse, based on a simple horse shed design. Since then we have installed wicking beds, and it has been performing beautifully. The greenhouse has been optimized for a sunny climate. Perfect for Southern/Central Alberta. - Includes general ventilation and glazing specifications for site-specific use. In addition to the greenhouse plans, you get the full Hempcrete Starter PDF Guide with mix recipes, techniques, and tips & tricks. Inquire for full details. Delivery/email of package estimated to be 1-2 weeks after reward purchase. Thank you for your support!
Pledge: C$100.00
Estimated Delivery: 2021-04-05
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1:1 Hemp Specialized On-site Workshop

1:1 Hemp Specialized On-site Workshop

Pledge: C$500.00
What do you want to learn? How to make blocks? How to frame and infill a wall? How to use hempcrete in a specific situation? This 1:1 will be a dialled-in afternoon of instruction, with a hands-on mock-up of your framing type (double, single, embedded), forming, and more. We will talk and determine what it is you want to learn, and then set up the workshop to give you the full experience. Limited to 5 hours. Included: - Full Hempcrete 101 block and infill guide - Hemp mask - Summary of the day - Hemp blocks On-site near Wabamun, AB. (Off-site can be negotiated depending on location. extra costs may be involved) You will be contacted for available dates and options.
What do you want to learn? How to make blocks? How to frame and infill a wall? How to use hempcrete in a specific situation? This 1:1 will be a dialled-in afternoon of instruction, with a hands-on mock-up of your framing type (double, single, embedded), forming, and more. We will talk and determine what it is you want to learn, and then set up the workshop to give you the full experience. Limited to 5 hours. Included: - Full Hempcrete 101 block and infill guide - Hemp mask - Summary of the day - Hemp blocks On-site near Wabamun, AB. (Off-site can be negotiated depending on location. extra costs may be involved) You will be contacted for available dates and options.
Pledge: C$500.00
Estimated Delivery: 2021-05-03
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Private Hemp Workshop for You and 5 friends

Private Hemp Workshop for You and 5 friends

Pledge: C$850.00
Want to learn hempcrete hands-on with some good friends? We will run a full workshop for you and 5 friends onsite (10 minutes north of Wabamun) Off-site can be negotiated depending on location - extra travel costs may be involved. 5 Hour time block. For each participant includes: - The Hempcrete 101 Block and Infill Starter Guide - A block form for making hemp blocks - A hemp mask - Tour of onsite hemp buildings (greenhouse, dome, outhouse, interior room) - Experience using two types of mixers. - A quick intro to limewash/plastering. - Want to see some printing? We can do that too. - More! Depending on current site projects this may include actual experience working on a tiny hempcrete home, etc. Thank you for your support. Inquire for further details. You will be contacted 1-2 weeks after donation purchase for scheduling/details.
Want to learn hempcrete hands-on with some good friends? We will run a full workshop for you and 5 friends onsite (10 minutes north of Wabamun) Off-site can be negotiated depending on location - extra travel costs may be involved. 5 Hour time block. For each participant includes: - The Hempcrete 101 Block and Infill Starter Guide - A block form for making hemp blocks - A hemp mask - Tour of onsite hemp buildings (greenhouse, dome, outhouse, interior room) - Experience using two types of mixers. - A quick intro to limewash/plastering. - Want to see some printing? We can do that too. - More! Depending on current site projects this may include actual experience working on a tiny hempcrete home, etc. Thank you for your support. Inquire for further details. You will be contacted 1-2 weeks after donation purchase for scheduling/details.
Pledge: C$850.00
Estimated Delivery: 2021-05-03
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My name is Christina Goodvin, of GoodvinDesigns. I am a mechanical engineer who has worked with sustainable and regenerative building, living, and growing systems for over 2 decades. I bring the natural building world and the building code together through research, innovative design, and documentation. My specialty is weaving creative ideas into reality while adapting with the local needs of communities. We need new solutions. The old models are gone or clearly starting to falter. The time for building technologies that can quickly adapt to a changing and challenging environment is now, and the joining of natural building and 3D printing promises an open-source solution, a home-for-all with plenty of room for artistry, accessibility, community, and health. Plus, kids LOVE it. I know mine do! The fastest way forward is with the Scara Elite, a 35k printer that can print full components and envelopes, a big ask, I know. The closer I can get to that printer, the faster I can start bringing natural building, 3D printing, and the building code together. But times are tight, and even a chance to start with the small WASP 2040 Clay printer will allow characterization of mixes and a path towards the Scara. All funds raised go towards a printer, or to offset a loan for the Scara Elite. Thank you for supporting this dream.

Printing with Earth - Partnering Clay and Hemp

Image credit: GoodvinDesigns Hemp Dome built 2020/2021

Printing with earth materials is a growing field in construction, focused on adapted buildings using locally-sourced materials like clay, combined with carbon-capturing elements like hemp or wood dust/chips. Buildings made with these natural local elements have a long history, with many modern-day structures built to code and considered some of the healthiest, most energy efficient, and comfortable indoor environments. 

One of the challenges with earthen building or natural homes is that they are labour intensive, expensive to hire others to build, or require a large amount of physical labour for the self-builder. The field of additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, offers a solution. Printed earthen walls offer a way to bring down the physical labour and cost requirements, still leaving room for artistic hand-work and unique designs, but reducing the labour around compliance with building codes.

Most 3d printed building projects are funded by cement manufacturers, and many of the flashy videos and photos seen in the media are made with cement mixtures. But it is also just as feasible to print with clay mixtures. The field of natural building holds the key to exploring on-site materials and utilizing them in novel earth-based extrusions with which to print a new generation of homes that are virtually fire proof, flood resistant, safe in high winds, and contribute to healthy indoor air.

If we combine 3d printed earthen enclosures with passive solar, thermal mass, and low-energy efficient design elements, we potentially have homes and greenhouses that will help get us through the challenging climate variables we see more and more often. Making these homes low-cost, comfortable, and safe, is an excellent security option for anyone in need.

How will we do it?

Image credit: 3D Potter Scara Elite Clay Printer

Typical hobby 3D printers use a spool of filament that is heated through an extruder, making it soft enough to flow, shape, and bond. Prints are made layer by layer with this filament, from the ground up, building into shapes that are strongly bonded and structurally supportive. The filaments used are commonly made of a vegetable based-plastic known as PLA. There are many PLA filaments mixed with materials like wood fibres, hemp fibres, stone, and metal. We have three filament deposit method printers on site, that we have been running for the last few years, using the same software and parameters the clay printers use. All we need now, is a clay printer.

Clay printers

Clay printers are different in that they can extrude custom mixes with clay-like constancy, they don't require heating to extrude, and they extrude a larger volume. The design is still prepared using the same software, with accommodation made for the width, height, and speed of the material extruded. Having in-depth knowledge of conventional printing (like we do), makes for a smooth transition to clay printing, especially when you have an understanding of material behaviour and how to make a good extrusion that bonds well and is structurally supportive.

Clay printers come in different sizes, from small ceramic printers that can make cups and art, to a variety of mid-sized printers that can make large components like bricks, furniture or small structures, all the way up to large crane-scale printers that can print entire large scale multi-level homes. Though it is worth noting that large scale printers are very much still prototypes.

The Plan - fireproof, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal tiny hemp homes

Alberta has an abundance of clay, straw, hemp, and a number of other resources that could be combined to make an excellent printing mixture. The main hurdle is getting the equipment to print with. There are two main entry printers that have large full-house printing versions; the WASP and the Scara Elite. 

Funds raised up to 5500CAD - Delta WASP 2040 Clay

Printing area - 8 inch diameter, 16 inches max height

This printer would allow us to approach the groundbreaking Italian 3d printing company WASP and order their mid-level printer, the Delta WASP 2040 Clay (~5500CAD with shipping). With this printer we can characterize custom clay and small hemp fibre combinations and test mixtures suitable for building components and walls. We won't be able to print full building components or blocks, but we can test the clay-hemp-etc. mixtures on a small scale to prove feasibility and demonstrate the possibility for various carbon capture options. The resulting mixtures and lab data will be suitable to direct larger scale printing, and will allow us to work toward the next level printer that can print building components: the Scara Elite.

Funds raised up to 35000CAD - Scara Elite V4020

Printing area - 9 feet in diameter

This would allow us to jump several steps forward and work with a printer that can print full building components – the 3D Potter Scara Elite V4020 (35000CAD with shipping). This printer works like a robotic arm, and has the ability to rotate in all directions with a large printing area, and the ability to hook up to continuous flow feeders for larger builds. This printer could print complete tiny hemp-clay homes, structural building block components, and more.

We would first start developing fibre-integrated building blocks - structural & semi-structural interlocking blocks that could be filled with various insulative materials. The block design has already been prototyped on a small scale with tabletop printers. In addition to block capabilities, this printer could also form wall panels, and smaller-scale complete wall systems. This is a small-scale replica of the large printers used to print entire homes. We are already adept with the software used by this printer, as it is also used for high-end smaller scale printers.

The opportunities with this type of printer are endless and a chance to lead the way into environmentally and socially responsible 3d printing. 

All funds received go towards equipment investment or to offset a loan for the Scara Elite.

Results will be open-source published and shared.

What will we do with it?

Image credit: WASP 3D Printing Site

The freedom to print for anyone, workshops, teaching and giving back 

There is no reason Alberta can't take the lead in 3D printed natural hemp-clay homes considering the resources we have on hand. We have the ideal climate for growing industrial hemp, and hemp hurd is becoming an abundant natural resource.

A printer that can be moved to any site, or make building-block components, allows for simple set-up and transportation of materials, customized shapes for any space, quick production, and quick assembly. We need every edge with our short building season. Establishing a good mixture is critical, and having functional components allows to test and refine the performance of the mixtures to satisfy engineering requirements and standards.

Kids, youth, moms, building/printing green communities, and more!

Having a printer of this calibre available to the community through workshops and tours, will be a fundamental part of our developing journey to share and expand the understanding and applications to share the intersection of natural building and 3D printing. The printer can be brought to schools, municiple offices, anywhere.

A large focus of our efforts will be on behalf of children and youth groups, showing a new application in STEM and fuelling the innate creative fire they all have: how to solve local needs in our communities like low-income housing, and even unique applications like printing clay ovens. We will also focus on skill training, applicable to all forms of 3D printing, for those interested in work-from-home opportunities and the ability to create and grow home based businesses. 

We are partnered with a local group dedicated to helping the homeless and those in need. We have current projects dedicated to helping provide community-integrated shelter, in which 3d printing components could play an integral role. 

The projects planned

To start. Depending on results and performance we can also start looking at community sites with multiple affordable housing options: low-income housing applications, veteran housing applications, homeless solutions, community feedback. Also more functional building component geometries, explore outdoor oven applications, outhouses, domes, sheds, animal shelters (coops, etc) in-ground materials, disaster response building, and more. We will make sure to return to the community a minimum of the value invested.

(1) A demonstration home

Giveback Edmonton is a local group focused on helping the homeless and families in need. They are also strong hempcrete advocates, and have asked for a solution to housing the homeless that involved hempcrete and tiny homes. Giveback has an honest and realistic approach for doing this – spacing the homes in approved locations throughout the city, integrating them into the local communities. Large tiny home communities for the homeless often fail because they sit apart from the community. 

3D hemp printed tiny homes, integrated into the community, allow their inhabitants to gain a sense of belonging and connection.

It will work here. It will work anywhere.

(2) Development of the building block component

A structural/infill combination block that can be filled with hempcrete once assembled. A version of this block could be used for foundations. Another for corners and curved wall features. It is even possible to design domes.

The block will be subject to standard professional tests like compression, flexural, thermal conductivity, moisture buffering, etc. These parameters will place it in relative material classifications, for use by building professionals. A strong focus will be on developing the blocks using local materials.

(3) Complete envelope/enclosure (larger scale printer only)

Explore what we can do with what we have. How to set up a complete envelope for performance testing. Tiny homes/sheds. Wall geometries. Smaller complete structures. Also printed smaller structures like cob ovens, wood sheds, chicken coops, etc.

We also have the space for any and all of these projects on our 40 acre clay-rich, hemp-licensed growing site, a place to prove the models and designs.

What are the values behind our dream?

Image credit: Marla Wilson @ https://www.artcountrycanada.com/images/wilson-marla-alberta-foothills.jpg

We love Alberta

We know Alberta has some of the most creative, innovative, resilient, and talented people around. We have thriving local food movements, models of resilient and environmentally responsible farming, ranching, and animal care. We love our land, our big sky, our fields and mountains. It is time for Alberta to step up to the forefront and show that we can step into an uncertain future with confidence. The time to transition is now.

We don't need a big corporation to do this. We can start here, on one small farm rich in clay, hemp, and know-how. Our philosophy has always been one of shared benefit, of open education, and of including our youth. Often the way up and forward is related to who you know and what opportunities and connections they can provide. Maybe we can provide that, helping with training, with opportunity, with sharing who and what I know and have learned over the past 45 years. Personally: I would not be where I am today if others had not done that for me.

Canada is a world leader in robotics, and has a rich tapestry of code-approved earthen architecture. 

It is time to build new economies integrating old knowledge. 

It can all start with one printer.

 

Meet the Team

Christina Goodvin

Christina Goodvin

Engineer

I'm a natural building engineer with over a decade of experience in code-approved alternative building techniques that utilize straw, clay, and hemp. I specialize in affordable tiny homes, off-grid or on, and backyard 3-4 season greenhouses. I consult professionally for hempcrete and conduct research and studies on the performance and suitability of hemp in a northern climate.

I have University affiliations and connections around the globe with leading natural building experts. I'm also a 3D printing expert, specializing in filaments made of hemp, wood waste, processed landfill, and biodegradable materials. My printers may be small, but I have been able to develop and prototype some big ideas. I have additive manufacturing training from MIT, and plan on more training in the areas of parametric design and non-planar slicing.

I live and work on a 40 acre permaculture farm where I build, hold workshops and tours, and hang out with my kids. I am a professional online sales merchant, and media manager. I run several media groups to share information: hemp growing, natural building, 3d earth printing, and more. I have dedicated my engineering skills and qualifications to furthering the understanding and acceptance of alternative building materials.

I design, build, and collect data on everything I make, publishing results for open-source reference and utilization, while also presenting and teaching what I learn.

Depending on the project, various people will be invited to be a part, resulting in multiple overlapping teams and projects.

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Feb 16, 2021

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Talking with WASP

Almost halfway through the campaign! I am appreciating the messages, emails, and donations! Everything adds up to about 1/3 of the printer paid for so far! I've contacted WASP to see if they have any pre-used models as well, to get the price down even more.

I've also has the opportunity to enroll in MIT's Additive Manufacturing Course, and I have been working on a number of printing models to try.

Thank you for your support! The ability to have this printer keeps innovation open, and I can't wait to share the journey with you!

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Jan 27, 2021

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Getting Ready to Go LIVE!

A couple more days to go till we are live! Of course we are in the middle of a deep freeze and can't run around outside to make a good video. I have been thinking of various reward to keep adding to the campaign, hopefully you enjoy the selection! Please feel free to share far and wide!

Not sure who is more excited... the kids or I. 

Thank you everyone!

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Mar 1, 2020
Project launched

FAQs

What qualifications do you have & how can we see what you've been up to?

Well, google does a pretty good job with my name or Goodvindesigns. I've been around a long while now. I have two degrees in engineering and long experience in materials science as related to natural building. I'm also a professional technical writer, and I have connections to some out-of-this-world people. My driving goals are food and living security for my kids, while respecting our environment and history.

What kind of printers do you have now, and what have you been printing?

I currently run three filament deposit printers, the ones that heat up PLA. One of the printers has a high-temperature extruder for materials like carbon fibre and nylon. Another printer also has a laser engraver, and is currently being modified to print clay on a very small scale. I have been printing for almost 2 years, and have focused on thin wall slicing and extrusions. My main slicer is Simplify 3D, which is also used for WASP and 3D Potter printers.

You are asking for a lot, and that is an expensive printer. What will you do with the money?

All money raised will go towards a printer. If only enough is raised for the WASP printer, I will order that and begin learning how to customize clay extrusions. If the money raised falls somewhere between the WASP and the Scara Elite, I will work on securing a loan for the rest. Any extra moneys raised will go towards additional equipment. Everything goes towards equipment.

How come you don't have more Team Members listed?

I do not stand alone in these projects, I come wrapped up will all sorts of passionate & driven colleagues in various fields around the world. My work with strawbale wall assemblies, cob, and hempcrete has gifted me with a large resource pool, into which I also contribute. As the projects progress, the teams will form!

Won't 3D printing ruin the whole purpose behind natural building?

Nah. You know already that natural building is hard work, labour intensive. If you know materials well, and are exceptionally determined with permaculture training and an eye to systems integrated thinking, then there is no reason we can't be just as environmentally responsible with structural prints, or make them that way. The days of large scale growth are slowing. We need local systems and solutions - and we need to showcase and share those solutions.

There is always room for art.

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