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This 3D-Printed Cabin Made from Dying Ash Trees Could be the Future of Sustainable Construction

This 3D-Printed Cabin Made from Dying Ash Trees Could be the Future of Sustainable Construction

This is the 3D printed Ashen Cabin made out of dying ash trees damaged by a beetle infestation called the “emerald ash borer infestation.” The cabin’s wood was sourced from Cornell University’s 4,000-acre research forest in Van Etten, New York and it was designed and fabricated by assistant professors of architecture, Leslie Lok and Sasa Zivkovic.

The damaged ash trees are seen as unfit as a lumber source due to their irregular shape, therefore there are left to eventually rot away. However, the cutting process in a robotics lab put the trees to use. Using a legendary shipbuilding method, designers used the natural curvatures of the wood for structural strength.



The Ashen Cabin’s fireplace and chimney were 3D-printed in concrete and each piece of wood was precisely cut by a robotic control arm. Each of the nine concrete “legs” supporting the cabin adjusts to the terrain of the site and consists of four to six printed modules, according to Lok.

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