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Scientists Create 3D-Printed Buildings From Soil

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A three-dimensi0nally printed building in Dubai.

Scientists have developed a method of using three-dimensional printers to create greener buildings using local soil.

Credit: Satish Kumar/Reuters

Texas A&M University researchers have come up with a technique for using a three-dimensional (3D) printer to build greener buildings from soil.

The method, which could serve as a sustainable alternative to the use of concrete in construction, can be used to 3D-print entire architectural facades.

Said Texas A&M's Sarbajit Banerjee, "[W]e envision a new paradigm of construction that uses naturally sourced materials ... as a means of providing dignified habitats to some of the neediest populations across the world."

Banerjee said researchers "are making excellent progress" in their efforts to improve soil's load-bearing capabilities, which is necessary if the method is to replace concrete.

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