Inhabitat's Week in Inexperienced: 3D-printed pavilions and cardboard automobiles
Every week our associates at Inhabitat recap the week’s most fascinating inexperienced developments and clear tech information for us — it is the Week in Inexperienced.
What is going to the houses of the longer term appear to be? If this yr’s Photo voltaic Decathlon is any indication, they are going to be self-enough, hyper-environment friendly and one hundred pc powered by the solar. How a few house that grows all of the meals you want, so that you by no means have to make a journey to the produce aisle? Or a tremendous-sturdy catastrophe-proof home that is robust sufficient to battle tornadoes and win? Nevertheless, the good one may be this tiny residence that may be emailed to a woodshop the world over, CNC reduce after which assembled like an enormous puzzle and not using a single nail.
We have seen buildings, bridges and furnishings constructed from cardboard — so why not automobiles? This previous week Lexus unveiled an electrical automotive produced from cardboard — and you may truly step inside and take it for a spin. Tesla simply launched the Mannequin X to rave critiques, however the automaker is not sitting on its laurels. Final week Elon Musk teased the corporate’s prime-secret Mannequin Y in a tweet — which he promptly deleted. And Toyota gave us a peek at the way forward for hydrogen automobiles with its model-new FCV Plus idea.
Assume 3D-printers are solely good for making tiny collectible figurines? Assume once more — this previous week architects unveiled the world’s largest 3D-printed construction in Beijing, and it is completely mesmerizing. Designers additionally got here up with a 3D-printed bikini that cleans up ocean air pollution, and a candy store in Berlin is now cooking up 3D-printed sweet to order. In different information, inexperienced power is on the rise — a brand new report exhibits that the world is on monitor to supply 26 % of all power from renewables by 2020. And Uncharted Play launched an superior new power-producing soccer ball that harvests electrical energy from the facility of play.