About the Episode:
Host Monty Bruell discusses the future of 3D printing and building construction with Platt Boyd, founder and CEO of Branch Technology. Branch Technology is exploring and investing in tomorrow’s housing through new technology to 3D print buildings.
Some thoughts on Ep. 4: 3D Printing in Chattanooga, TN
When Platt Boyd moved his family to Chattanooga 3 years ago to launch Branch Technology, most people had not yet heard of 3D printing or Advanced Manufacturing. Since that time, the Chattanooga Public Library has provided 3D printers to its members, and Chattanooga has become known as one of America’s leading centers for advanced manufacturing. What a difference 3 years can make!
Just within the past year, Branch Technology has held an international design competition for 3D houses, begun construction of the winning design on the campus of Chattanooga State Community College, and has most recently (along with California architectural firm Foster + Partners) won a $250,000 NASA prize for designing and prototyping a 3D printed structure for future space stations. When it comes to Chattanooga and 3D printing, what a difference just 1 year can make!
In retrospect, it makes perfect sense that America’s most innovative mid- size city would become such a hotbed for advanced manufacturing. After all, Chattanooga does have a very rich and extensive manufacturing history. It is the birthplace of Coca-Cola bottling, and its foundries have produced most of the country’s fire hydrants ever made. Don’t believe me? Just ask your dog!
Perhaps most importantly, Chattanooga sits geographically halfway between Oak Ridge, TN and Huntsville, AL. Oak Ridge is home to Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Huntsville is home to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. With neighbors like ORNL and NASA, it would be more improbable that Chattanooga wouldn’t have become a leader in innovation.
So, join me inside Studio Next as I host Platt Boyd, CEO and Founder of Branch Technology. Platt and I will discuss the future of 3D Printing, Advanced Manufacturing, and when exactly he plans to build a space station on Mars!