HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Every day Submit) — Might 3D concrete printing be the reply to creating housing inexpensive on Guam? That may be a query stakeholders will search to reply through the Additive Development Spherical Desk occasion to be held Friday on the College of Guam.
Reasonably priced housing on Guam over the previous couple of years has turn into a serious difficulty, as the price of a house has skyrocketed and provide has dwindled. For a lot of, the dream of proudly owning a house stays simply that, a dream, however Ann Dela Cruz, an actual property investor and co-founder of Starsand Applied sciences, believes 3D printing might make the dream extra attainable.
“One of many ideas (Adrian Sinclair, Starsand Applied sciences co-founder) launched to me is 3D printing. And so, very first thing I mentioned was, ‘Oh, that sounds nice.’ … And he mentioned, ‘We will print homes now.’ I used to be like, ‘Yeah, however you recognize Guam is completely different. Guam makes use of concrete.’ He mentioned, ‘No, no, no, we will print properties with concrete,’” Dela Cruz informed The Guam Every day Submit.
Dela Cruz, who can also be an Military Reservist, met Sinclair whereas stationed at Yokota Air Base in Japan, the place Sinclair is a Division of Protection civilian contractor and has helped the Air Drive improve operational capabilities. Collectively, the 2 based Starsand Applied sciences, which goals to ship sustainable, long-lasting and economical housing and infrastructure options to Guam by way of 3D concrete printing.
The 2 will probably be talking at UOG’s Additive Development Spherical Desk occasion, the place they hope to be taught if 3D printing is a viable choice for constructing properties on Guam.
“If it’s our goal is to construct a house with a 3D concrete printer, who’re all of the folks, the important thing stakeholders that we have to have within the room who can inform us what their necessities are to make this doable?” Dela Cruz mentioned.
Getting all of the stakeholders in the identical room is vital, Dela Cruz mentioned. “For us, we will deliver the printer right here, however in case you don’t have sufficient provide right here on island to do the tasks, then we aren’t going to have the ability to go very far,” she mentioned.
The occasion will deliver Ernesto Guades, UOG assistant professor of civil and structural engineering, to the desk to debate his analysis on sustainable concrete on Guam.
“He’s looking for a approach to make the most of Guam pure sources, … what can we do to cut back our dependency on imports, and to us, that’s concrete. We will use limestone, sea salt or fiber from bamboo. Let’s see what we will do,” Dela Cruz mentioned.
Starsand Applied sciences additionally will probably be talking about its position within the effort.
“Our want is to principally design and construct utilizing these printers and, for us, it’s all about designing concrete,” Dela Cruz mentioned.
Alexander De Vore, the chief govt officer of 3D Printing Corp. in Japan, may even share his experience within the realm of 3D printing and digital provide chain options.
“We even have an organization out of Japan, they’re a 3D printing company, so they’re already within the additive manufacturing section. They don’t use a concrete printer. They use primarily plastics,” Dela Cruz mentioned.
Whereas 3D printing properties is in its infancy on Guam, Dela Cruz is hopeful the dialog will open the doorways to inexpensive homeownership on island.
The Additive Development Spherical Desk is about for 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17.