Interdisciplinary Team Seeking to Make Strides in Future Manufacturing

An interdisciplinary project connecting several Auburn University faculty and fellow scientists will address the hard-hitting reality that affordable housing is out of reach for many Americans living in rural areas.

But the path of this research may lead to viable solutions that would have seemed futuristic mere years ago: planning advanced manufacturing that helps utilize waste biomaterials, which can then be produced through additive manufacturing — more commonly known as 3D printing — to create housing or building components.

The study, which spans the disciplines of engineering, chemistry, forest resources and architecture, also draws strongly upon the expertise of scientists at its partner institution, the University of Idaho, with Dr. Michael Maughan, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering, at the helm.

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