3D Printing – Saving You Money & Energy

Innovative technology leads to incredible insulation

We might have worked out how to travel to the moon and communicate over massive distances, but many of us still pay huge heating bills. Luckily, this new insulation solution called Spong3D has been created using 3D printing. The proof of concept is the result of a collaboration between Delft University of Technology and Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands, and could reduce the need for extra heating or air conditioning.

Spong3D works by moving liquid between air cavities to provide thermal insulation. It’s a façade system which is installed inside walls, making it easier to regulate temperature without additional cost. Although the lattice like façade is only in the initial stages of development, the clever design could disrupt the way future houses are built, maximising heat storage and lowering bills. This might not be great news for oil and gas companies, but it’s a potential money saver for everyone else. As well as impacting construction, Spong3D also demonstrates the power of 3D printing to create unique products that can’t be made any other way.