This 3D-Printed House and Electric Car Have a Symbiotic Relationship

By: Cadhla Gray - Oct 2, 2015
References: som & fastcodesign
This 3D-printed house is not just innovative in its manufacturing design method but also revolutionary in its energy consumption system as it is electric car-powered. Designed and created by architect firm SOM and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, this efficient home 'AMIE' provides solutions for the biggest consumers of energy -- homes, transportation and manufacturers.

The 3D printing eliminates manufacturing waste since the design can be made to exact specifications, while the building's solar panels provide another source of power. The electric car has a bidirectional charger, so whichever system holds more power can help charge the other.

This home and car symbiotic system could change the future of living and building practices. Electric car-powered 'AMIE' could influence more manufacturers and designers to create systems that are mutually beneficial instead of individual products, increasing their economic efficiency.