3D printed houses for emerging economies

Deadline: July 25 2019 23:59 EDT

Active Solvers: 17

Type: Practical

Global Creativity&Expertise Award

Food, water, and shelter are basic human needs, but 1.2 billion people in the world live without adequate housing , according to a report by the World Resources Institute’s Ross Center for Sustainable Cities. We can combat that deficiency by using low-cost 3D printing as a potential solution.

3D printing, also known as ‘Additive Manufacturing’, was first developed in the 1980s, and the technology has gone through series of improvement and advancement that now sees it being used to print almost anything, from mechanical spare parts to human body organs and limbs.

Recently, it is now being explored to print buildings – a development that is shaking things up in the construction business and disrupting multiple global supply chains. By making construction faster, cheaper and easier, 3D printing is transforming the concrete industry and offering a more efficient option for contractors.

So, the question is: could 3D printing help to revolutionize housing and home-ownership in emerging economies like Africa or the Middle East? What is the optimal design for these 3D printed houses? What are the most effective materials to support extreme weather conditions?

This is a Practical Challenge that requires a written proposal and a design of the 3D printed house to be submitted. The Challenge award will be contingent upon evaluation of the proposal by the Seeker.

To receive an award, the Solvers will not have to transfer any type of IP rights to the Seeker.

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on July 25, 2019. Late submissions will not be considered.

The solutions will be evaluated by our pool of experts, and finally, the seeker will decide which are the winning solutions. The evaluation parameters are:
– Viability
– Originality
– Scalability
– Energy efficiency
– Materials efficiency
– Design functionality

There is a guaranteed prize, which is an amazing Global Creativity&Expertise Award! This is an exclusive certificate that acknowledges the recognition of the winners' standout talent, dedication, and excellence.

By submitting a proposal, the Solver grants to the Seeker a non-exclusive license to use any information included in this proposal only for promotional purposes.

  • Accepting Solutions
    Challenge Open. Prepare your solution and upload it until July 25 23:59 EDT.
  • Evaluating solutions
    Our experts and the Seeker revise the solutions. August 25 23:59 EDT.
  • Prize Giving
    All the participants will be notified with the resolution. The winner receives the prize. September 10 23:59 EDT

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