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This experimental design studio used beetle-infested trees to 3D print a cabin

HANNAH, an experimental design studio, turned waste wood into a 3D printed house called Ashen Cabin. The aim of the project is to highlight how new manufacturing practices can play a role in upcycling waste. Tucked away in a forest in Ithaca, N.Y., HANNAH turned emerald-ash-borer-infested wood into a sustainable, usable material.

Emerald ash borer (EAB) is an exotic beetle that feeds on the inner bark of ash trees. An EAB infestation often results in the tree dying after one or two years. EAB has destroyed 40 million ash trees in Michigan alone since it was introduced in North America by way of Detroit in 2002. Once severely infested, these trees are categorized as waste wood.

HANNAH used high precision 3D scanning and robotics-based manufacturing technologies to transform the wood into a useable material. The house was completed in two phases.

First, the base, floor, chimney and interior fixtures

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Avon Lake Residents Print Mask Bands To Help Others Amid COVID-19

AVON LAKE, OH — In the age of the new coronavirus, countless heroes have found creative ways to protect other people. In Avon Lake, those heroes look like a budding 3D printing coalition molding mask bands for front line medical workers, first responders and even the U.S. Navy.

The entire endeavor started on something of a whim, according to Matt Collier. His family has a 3D printer and was scrolling through files of things they could print. Listed on one website was a design for a band to strap a mask around a person’s head. They decided to give it a try.

The Colliers printed mask bands for anyone they knew who requested one. When the requests began pouring in, the Colliers decided to expand their printing power. They recruited three Avon Lake residents, all with their own 3D printers: the Rollins family, Hayden Hodge and Carter Knox, an Avon

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