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A pact towards 3D printing hemp based affordable housing

Black Buffalo 3D, Alquist, and Revive Hemp Industries will engage in joint R&D to create a structural 3D construction ink

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The dream of combining one of the most affordable, strong and sustainable natural product – hemp – with the most sustainable construction process – extrusion 3D printing – has been explored by various companies and pioneers but no one has yet come up with a viable solution. Now Black Buffalo 3D, Alquist, and Revive Hemp Industries have committed to collaboration, leveraging sustainable materials and joint R&D to create a structural hemp-based 3D construction ink for affordable housing projects.

The group’s mission is to introduce a greener alternative to traditional building materials—used for infrastructure, housing, and commercial applications. The joint venture begins at the farm with technology that creates a supply of industrialized hemp ingredients. Initial experiments with industrialized hemp have uncovered an ability to sequester tons of carbon with the potential to be a net-zero environmentally-friendly alternative to cement.

Black Buffalo 3D is the manufacturer of large-scale, 3D construction printers that are capable of printing structural components and buildings, as well as construction ink. Its materials science division is committed to standardizing innovative construction materials and 3D inks to increase the acceptance of safe and sustainable 3D construction printing.

Black Buffalo 3D, Alquist, and Revive Hemp Industries partner to create a construction ink for 3D printing hemp based affordable housing
Black Buffalo’s Nexcon 3D construction 3D printer.

“Black Buffalo 3D is committed to increasing the adoption of 3D printers in construction, and helping its clients provide consumers with a more affordable and sustainable approach to meeting housing and infrastructure demand,” stated Michael Woods, CEO/COO of Black Buffalo 3D-a Big Sun Holdings Group company.

Alquist specializes in creating affordable housing throughout the United States. As one of the first companies to adopt 3D construction printing, they have taken the technology from concept to application by printing homes for families in Virginia, and they have hundreds more on the horizon.

Zachary Mannheimer, founder and CEO of Alquist added, “Alquist continues to build on its reputation of providing affordable home solutions by leveraging large-scale 3D construction printers. Working with Revive and Black Buffalo, we believe that by introducing hemp into our homes, we’ll not only strengthen the wall systems, but also the home itself will sequester carbon every day, contributing to greener construction.”
Revive Hemp Industries provides the highest-quality, cost-effective, processed American industrial hemp. Revive will supply materials to be studied and integrated into a new form of sustainable ink, which can replace cement-based concrete used in 3D printing and traditional construction projects.

“The Revive Hemp team is excited to contribute to creating another excellent industrial hemp application, in particular for affordable, high-quality housing, which is so badly needed around the world today. The versatility, strength, and natural qualities of the hemp plant, combined with its ability to offset carbon, have the potential to change the construction industry on a massive scale,” explained John Rose, Founder of Revive Hemp Industries.

The companies will form a green box solution–a perfect trifecta of hemp processing, construction ink development and printing–that begins at the farm level creating jobs, training opportunities and innovation with the potential to change the world. Follow each company for progress and updates as they dedicate time and resources to printing a smarter and more sustainable society.

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based VoxelMatters. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites and, as well as VoxelMatters Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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