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UI researchers win grant to build wood-burning 3D printer
University of Idaho researchers received a $ 3.9 million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop 3D printing technology capable of turning waste wood and sawdust into building materials .
The research team is led by Michael Maughan, Assistant Professor in the College of Engineering at UI. According to a press release from the university on Thursday, he hopes the project will champion more sustainable construction techniques.
“We are developing a new composite material, using fully bio-based resources on a very large scale,” said Maughan. “With this technology, homes and commercial buildings can be made in totally different ways. We can fend off climate change, mitigate the impact on our environment, and make better use of the natural resources we have.”
About 60% of the world’s waste comes from the construction industry, according to the US Energy Information Administration.
Funded until 2025, the project includes the design and construction of a 3D printer that could produce modular panels of walls, floors and roofs printed from scrap wood. The study focuses on the structural properties of printed materials and consists of testing its resistance to fire, water damage and pests.
Pullman Town Hall Open House
The town of Pullman is holding an open day for the renovated town hall and recreation center buildings. The facilities on display are the new board rooms, conference rooms and the Pullman Senior Center.
The open house is from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday. For more information, call (509) 338-3208 or (509) 338-3227.
Women’s Voters League schedules talk about Idaho Behavioral Health Council
The Women’s Voters League Speakers Forum will feature David Jeppesen, director of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare at noon Wednesday on Zoom.
Jeppesen will speak about the Behavioral Health Council of Idaho and its strategic action plan. Established in 2020, the council brings together the three branches of state government with local governments and community partners to form a statewide plan for the mental illness and addiction health system.
A link to the Zoom meeting can be found on the league’s Facebook page or on their website at my.lwv.org/idaho/moscow.