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Sawdust flies through the air as students quickly finish up class projects. As the day calms and the students leave, the sawdust settles near the ground. Just another day in the life of an architecture workshop and many fab-labs across campus. All the sawdust, considered waste, is collected and dumped.
But what if the sawdust could be reused for something more sustainable? At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, researchers are trying to accomplish just that.
Assistant Professor of Architecture Aaron Brakke and Architecture Master’s Candidates Colter Wehmeier and Shaahin Davami take leftover sawdust from building workshops and turn it into 3D models to make sustainable materials that could be used in future projects.