3D printing is quickly becoming one of the most widely used manufacturing processes in a variety of industries such as clothing and medicine. The ability to have 3D printers, or automated machines, create objects by using computer 3D-rendered models has many advantages, including increased precision and the automation of manufacturing many items, which now includes homes. Apis Cor. is a Russian company that has developed a mobile 3D printer and process that created a home in less than 24 hours at a cost of $275 per square meter. The total cost for the home including labor, materials and furnishing came out to $10,134.00 USD.
The home made in Stupino town — a region near Moscow, Russia — is equipped with a living room, kitchen, bathroom and a hallway. The home was made on-site by using a mobile printer. It is the world’s first 3D-printed building constructed in a small amount of time. Apis Cor. was able to reduce the costs of previous methods by over 70 percent in the production of the home.
The process is as automated as possible and begins by placing the 3D printer in the center of the site where it rotates, placing concrete in layers to create the walls of the home. Once the walls are made, a crane manipulator removes the mobile printer in order to allow manual workers to come in and finish the job. This includes installing the windows and electronics, as well as painting the outside of the home. Apis Cor. hopes to partner with contractors worldwide to continue the advancement of greener construction methods.
By Efrain Esparza, ESG Writer
Biodiesel can reduce carbon emissions by up to 70 percent and is 100 percent renewable. The BioCubeTM is a new smart commercial and community enterprises scale innovative solution that produces biodiesel from a variety of waste and renewable feedstock oils such as waste vegetable oil (WVO) from restaurants, canola, crude palm oil (CPO), soya, corn, coconut, pongamia and tallow.
Biodiesel produced from the BioCubeTM can be used in any modern diesel engine and has a negligible carbon intensity index compared with fossil diesel. The BioCubeTM system can run off the biodiesel it produces off-grid consuming approximately three percent of its production, or using grid electricity where it is available. The system is considered an amazing solution for remote areas where fossil diesel is either expensive or unavailable. It can be operated by semi-skilled labor after a short training program that includes learning how to use the system’s easy-to-use visual touch screen interface.
One recent BioCubeTM customer was a Palm Oil Mill out in Congo, Africa that now uses the waste from the mill to power the trucks, tractors and diesel generators that keep the plantation running. The BioCubeTM system for this customer was manufactured in Canada by CBVL based in Coquitlam, BC and shipped to the Congo, including a trip upriver to reach the plantation location.
The BioCube™ is designed to robust marine engineering standards to last for 20 years or more in harsh tropical conditions and will run for a minimum of five years between overhauls. The only by-products of the BioCube™ system is glycerin and mulch, which are valuable commodities for anaerobic digesters or as a combustion fuel or fertilizer. This system is considered a green machine and may be able to provide liquid fuel alternatives to developing countries across the world.
By Efrain Esparza, ESG Writer