Clay Based 3D Printing of Homes, Panel walls, Greenhouses, Cob Ovens, Saunas, Playhouses, Chicken Coops, and more

Technology , Design , Science , Environment , Art
Edmonton, Alberta

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Small Printer Rental - Printer for a Day

Small Printer Rental - Printer for a Day

Pledge: C$250.00
Want to experience a clay printer for a day of learning? I'll teach you how to prepare cylinders of materials, load them on the computer, set-up the printer, and print! I will have a selection of designs we can choose from, and you take home what we print! Design requests allowed, though no guarantees (must fit within printing capabilities of the printer). We can discuss off-site printing locations, or print here in my printing lab (near Wabamun). Time limited to 5 hours per reward. Operator stays with printer.
Want to experience a clay printer for a day of learning? I'll teach you how to prepare cylinders of materials, load them on the computer, set-up the printer, and print! I will have a selection of designs we can choose from, and you take home what we print! Design requests allowed, though no guarantees (must fit within printing capabilities of the printer). We can discuss off-site printing locations, or print here in my printing lab (near Wabamun). Time limited to 5 hours per reward. Operator stays with printer.
Pledge: C$250.00
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3D Printed Articulated Slug

3D Printed Articulated Slug

Pledge: C$25.00
Want your very own articulated slug? I can print one in hemp filament (shown in pic), biochar filament (black), bright silver (metallic), terracotta, red, glow-in-the-dark, sparkly lavender, bright blue, forest green, or white. Shipping included in Canada and the US.
Want your very own articulated slug? I can print one in hemp filament (shown in pic), biochar filament (black), bright silver (metallic), terracotta, red, glow-in-the-dark, sparkly lavender, bright blue, forest green, or white. Shipping included in Canada and the US.
Pledge: C$25.00
Estimated Delivery: 2022-03-08
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3D Printed Art

3D Printed Art

Pledge: C$50.00
You choose! A vase made of hemp-clay? A plant pot? You get something printed with the small printer, from a selection of current designs. I can deliver if you are local, otherwise shipping can be arranged (Canada and US only)!
You choose! A vase made of hemp-clay? A plant pot? You get something printed with the small printer, from a selection of current designs. I can deliver if you are local, otherwise shipping can be arranged (Canada and US only)!
Pledge: C$50.00
Estimated Delivery: 2022-03-28
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3D Printed Hempcrete Brick

3D Printed Hempcrete Brick

Pledge: C$60.00
Support the future of building! Your very own hemp-clay brick, filled with hempcrete. One day you will look at that brick and know you played a part in the development of 3d printed homes! If you are local I can drop these off, otherwise shipping can be arranged (Canada and the US).
Support the future of building! Your very own hemp-clay brick, filled with hempcrete. One day you will look at that brick and know you played a part in the development of 3d printed homes! If you are local I can drop these off, otherwise shipping can be arranged (Canada and the US).
Pledge: C$60.00
Estimated Delivery: 2022-03-28
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A night in the Tiny Hempcrete House

A night in the Tiny Hempcrete House

Pledge: C$65.00
Come stay a night in the tiny hempcrete house! It sleeps 2 and is designed to be cozy and comfortable. Come visit lake country! We are 10 minutes from Wabamun provincial park, 15 minutes from Alberta Beach, 5min from a world class fishing hideaway, and 20 minutes from the Pembina river. The cabin sits on 40 acres. Come relax and explore!
Come stay a night in the tiny hempcrete house! It sleeps 2 and is designed to be cozy and comfortable. Come visit lake country! We are 10 minutes from Wabamun provincial park, 15 minutes from Alberta Beach, 5min from a world class fishing hideaway, and 20 minutes from the Pembina river. The cabin sits on 40 acres. Come relax and explore!
Pledge: C$65.00
Estimated Delivery: 2022-03-08
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Building Plans for a Hempcrete Greenhouse

Building Plans for a Hempcrete Greenhouse

Pledge: C$30.00
Want to build one of my hempcrete greenhouses? I have two of them now, one has been in use for almost 3 years. The hempcrete helps the plants manage heat waves, and provides insulation in the shoulder seasons. I'm happy to jump into the building science of why, if you want to hear it. Plans are immediately available! The greenhouse is the perfect size! Open floor like a horse shed.
Want to build one of my hempcrete greenhouses? I have two of them now, one has been in use for almost 3 years. The hempcrete helps the plants manage heat waves, and provides insulation in the shoulder seasons. I'm happy to jump into the building science of why, if you want to hear it. Plans are immediately available! The greenhouse is the perfect size! Open floor like a horse shed.
Pledge: C$30.00
Estimated Delivery: 2022-02-01
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BIG Printer Rental - Printer for a Day

BIG Printer Rental - Printer for a Day

Pledge: C$500.00
The BIG printer will be available for prints in offsite locations. This reward requires selection from established designs that can be printed within the reward time purchased. The list will grow as prints develop. You are welcome to be part of the design idea process. Material costs and travel not included. Operator comes with printer and will train you to operate the machine. Designs may include: Garden bed in various shapes, bricks, sheds, sauna walls, chairs, domes, playhouse walls, outhouse walls, art (plant pots & benches), and more. One reward is equivalent to one day of use, no more than 6 hours per day. Operator must be present. For multi-day use, operator lodging must be provided. Please contact us for other on-site printing opportunities.
The BIG printer will be available for prints in offsite locations. This reward requires selection from established designs that can be printed within the reward time purchased. The list will grow as prints develop. You are welcome to be part of the design idea process. Material costs and travel not included. Operator comes with printer and will train you to operate the machine. Designs may include: Garden bed in various shapes, bricks, sheds, sauna walls, chairs, domes, playhouse walls, outhouse walls, art (plant pots & benches), and more. One reward is equivalent to one day of use, no more than 6 hours per day. Operator must be present. For multi-day use, operator lodging must be provided. Please contact us for other on-site printing opportunities.
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Campaign Description

You've seen the concrete printed houses. They're interesting for sure. But why limit ourselves to concrete, when we can use advanced clay-fibre mixtures, natural geopolymers, mycelium, hemp, and more? Why not have structures and building components mixed and printed from the ground beneath your feet, using the resources around you? Is it possible? Sure is, and I can show you exactly how because I have been working as an engineer in this field for almost 15 years, and printing for over 4 years. Earlier this year I started the company 3D Space Terraform Inc, a company with the focus to use earthen materials in extrusions to print high performance structural elements. I've been doing it on a small scale for almost two years, and I am ready to bring in the big printer. The printer is large enough to print full assemblies within a 9 foot space! But I need your help. PS. This is my second time running a fundraiser on this site! The first was for my small clay printer, and look what has happened since! You can trust this process and the payment method. Of course you are always welcome to contact me direct for more information!

The Ask: The Big Printer

What printer will all funds go towards? We call it the big printer, but it is actually the medium sized option.

The 3DPotterbot Scara v4 and pump (with modification option to increase height).

Printer cost: 33,317USD / 41,646CAD

Private funding in place: 5,000 CAD

Fundraising need: 36,646CAD 

Boostr Goal: 5,000 - 7,500 CAD 

Printing Capabilities

What can we print with this mid-size printer? Quite a lot actually.

  • Wall assemblies & panels
  • Bricks and blocks
  • Modular wall components
  • Small walk-in domes
  • Raised Garden bed walls (in the shape of a flower, for example)
  • Cob ovens (using mix variations in the print)
  • Dog houses, play houses, chicken coops, and more!
  • and more!

Extrusion abilities:

  • Clay-fibre combinations.
  • Geopolymers.
  • Cementicious materials.
  • In-situ clay / earthen mixes.
  • Mycelium integrated designs.

Every little bit helps! Thank you!!!

The In-Place Support and Experience

All we need is help getting the printer.

The design, understanding, experience, materials, printing space, and software are all in place.

Design know-how:

We know what to do, and how to do it. We can design and get that design ready for printing. All we need is the printer!

Building experience:

For much of the last 15 years I have been working in the design, construction, and performance of buildings using alternative materials like hempcrete, strawbale, and cob. I consult, write, and teach.

Printing experience:

I have three desktop printers (that utilize veggie-based filaments, and innovative filaments like hemp-filament, biochar-filament, and wood-filament). I am professionally trained in 3D/AM printing through MIT (additive manufactuing is the industry term for 3D printing). Over the last two years I have been working with clay-based extrusions, including hemp-clay, wood-dust-clay, biofibre-clay, and more. My work leans into true geopolymers (non-cement).

I consult on large scale extrusions with cement, and work with various companies and professionals to understand best practice in 3D printing structurally. This large printer will also print concrete materials, which is helpful in developing extrusions for many clients.

Printing space:

Our location on a rural property allows for large scale printing development. Our first projects will be tested here, and include cob oven shells, domes, wall panels, chicken coops, and garden bed walls, to start.

On the property several alternative structures already exist, including a hempcrete geodesic dome, a hempcrete tiny house (with attached greenhouse), a cob chicken coop, and a hempcrete greenhouse. 

Data and Testing:

We already have sensors in our existing structures to monitor performance. 3D printed structures will also be monitored.

 

The World of 3D Printing

How did we get here anyway?

Any Star Trek fan starts thinking replicators when 3D printing is brought up. And in many ways it is true.

Training & the 3D printing design space

3D printed elements are all around you already; rocket ships, car tires, dental work, hearing aids, car parts, shoes, prototypes, accessible devices... everythwere. But training is harder to find. Especialling in construction 3D printing, or 3DCP. I enrolled in MIT's AM online course, and learned a lot.

What I know for sure is that we need more people who are from the open-source world of 3D printing to get into the construction printing world, keep it open source, and guide it into sustainable and regenerative applications. The design of 3D printing files is such that customization can happen immediately. There could be a library of designs for one printer: load and print. 3D printing promises complexity at no extra cost in production, printing objects that cannot be made any other way.

Generative Design

Nature has already developed the best structural forms, the most efficient shapes, the most beautiful of combinations. 3D printing is developing towards this already, opening up opportunity and acessibility in structures for our living and food security, healthy homes that are engineered safe and eduring.

Meet the Team

Christina  Goodvin M.A.Sc., B.Eng., PDC, MIT

Christina Goodvin M.A.Sc., B.Eng., PDC, MIT

Manager, Engineer

With over almost 15 years of experience in natural building technologies and performance Christina specializes in enclosures using alternative materials. Her past collaborations include grant funded and published work on the performance of cob walls and straw bale wall assemblies. Her technical writing work is well known in relation to the publication of the Alternative Solution Resource Initiative on integrating straw bale wall assemblies into the building code, on which she was the lead author. Her current specialty over the last few years is with hempcrete, characterizing the drying and performance in wall assemblies, and consulting on code-approved use in a northern climate.

She designs and builds alternative structures (GoodvinDesigns), consults professionally, and is a popular guest speaker and workshop host. She has affiliations with multiple universities and professionals around the world. Her expertise also includes forays into the overlap between natural building (structure and performance) and additive manufacturing, including unique design threads that work around parametric modeling and generative design, as utilized with earthen printers and various bio-fibers.

She recently started 3D Space Terraform Inc. to further dive in and explore earthen printing, natural geopolymers and applications in natural building. Her passions center around accessible living and food security.

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Fungi  Akuafo

Fungi Akuafo

Mycelium Science Testing

The two brilliant minds behind Fungi Akuafo are Meghan and Tara, who became friends after meeting in a Permaculture Design course in 2014. They started their fungi business the following year. They both live and work within the traditional territories of the people of Treaty 7 region and Region III of the Métis Nation of Alberta (Calgary area).

As Fungi Akuafo, they are collaborating with Christina of 3D Space Terraform (whom they met at the same Permaculture Design course) to provide a variety of fungi species for testing in 3D printed mediums.  They also provide feedback and design advice for mycelium use in novel printed elements. 

Please take a look at their website and social media links.  Fungi Akuafo teaches workshops and sells grain spawn!

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TTS  Natural Fibre Technologies

TTS Natural Fibre Technologies

Biocomposite Testing Lab

After 20 years of sustainable biocomposites development, TTS created Natural Fibre Technologies (www.naturalfibretech.com) as a more comprehensive commercial spin off in 2016 for the manufacture and commercialization of Fibre Mat, Fibre Cement, Composite Panels and Fibre Cement, primarily based on hemp composites.

Within the role of materials science and testing, TTS & Natural Fibre technologies collaborate with Christina (3D Space Terraform Inc) in the research and development of 3D Printing extrusions, and material properties of the resulting prints. They also offer a range of products, from hemp bedding to micro hurd and more. Please consider exploring their media sites for more information!

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Sharene Olson

Sharene Olson

Operator

Sharene comes to alternative materials from the construction industry, following her passion to make a difference in the world of tiny homes, particularly those using hempcrete as an advanced natural insulation. She is an expreienced hempcrete installer, working on award-winning micro homes and groundbreaking innovative structures. 

She is currently training as an energy advisor with specific application in alternative builds. Her newest adventure is learning the world of hemp-integrated 3D printing and how it applies to the built environment. She will be trained to operate the big printer, and mix the custom hemp-clay extrusions.

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Freeman Willerton

Freeman Willerton

CEO at Common Intelligence

Freeman works with partners and clients globally and with the team at Common Intelligence is leading a network startup ecosystem in Western Canada. He connects strategies meaningfully, to support global mandates set by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. He pursues solutions that are integrative and holistic - always trending to improved management and usage of all resources. Freeman’s public leadership role has been honed through active Chair and Director roles in the not-for-profit, NGO, and government sectors. 

Freeman and Common Intelligence are trusted collaborators with Christina and 3D Space Terraform. Freeman's incredible ability to understand interconnected ideas and possibilities, developing concepts, and overall integrated scope have helped us grow into our vision, while maintaining our values and understanding of how we can fit into solutions collaboratively with other groups and companies.

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Feb 23, 2022

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Tiny 3D Printed Home Scale Model - Ready to print BIG

This week i finished the 1/12 scale model of a tiny house... I made it as big as I could with the small clay printer I have. It looks a bit rough, but it is an excellent first print. Additionally, I designed a rough opening frame for the door, printed it in wood PLA (filament) and inserted it at the perfect time. This will work for windows too.

What does this mean? It means it that everything is now lined up to start on a big printer. In the meantime I will keep working on expanding my design capabilties and applications.

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Jan 24, 2022

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Well that happened fast!

Exciting is when my kids and I meet Chris Hadfield. Hard to top that. He is our hero. Total starry-fan-eye moment.

But getting the invite to this fundraiser is almost the same level. Want to know why? Because Canada is AWESOME. We have World-class astronauts, robotics, and there is no reason at all why we can't add 3D printing, with a twist. Let's jump past the focus on concrete printing and go right to the advanced earthen materials. Useful on-planet and off.

This isn't an empty promise. Everything is in place. All we need is a printer big enough.

So thank you! Thank you for being here, reading this, and making this possible.

Oh, and if you are interested, join in. Come and print with us. We are happy to share what we learn. Stay tuned for tour and workshops, family and kid oriented too!

This is the future.

 

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Jan 24, 2022
Project launched

FAQs

How do you create models for structural printing? Can you design anything?

There are a few tricks to designing models for 3D printing, the main one is an idea of the tool path or printer nozzle. In structural printing the nozzle is usually around 2 inches, and there are some rules of thumb that determine the height and width of the extrusion. Complexity also plays a factor, and the material extrusion itself. When printing one layer on top of another you need a fast 'set' so that it will hold the weight of successive layers. This has to be balanced with the bonding of the layers themselves. Wait too long and you get a weaker bond. That said, there ARE hybrid printing technologies (wink wink) and entire WORLDS of possibilities.

Once you get the printer, what is the first step?

The first step is developing an extrusion mix baseline. This will probably be done with pre-bagged cement and polymer, so we can set down the testing base-line to which we will compare additional extrusions. We have been working with various fibres and minerals these last few months, and have a pretty good idea where to start. Additionally, we have a long history in testing and technical writing, so reports will follow all data collected.

Can you print with local clay?

Sure can. There is some digging to be done, filtering, and some mixing, but it is possible. In fact, building with 'mud' is a skill of the people, and it is the future.
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