Advanced engineering firm Versarien plc has announced it is starting the production of 50 3D printed lifestyle pods for offices, studios, gyms, or leisure rooms using its latest graphene-enhanced construction technology.
The Forest of Dean-headquartered firm, established to explore the potential of the carbon super material graphene, is making what it calls Lunar pods to showcase its own product Cementene™, a graphene-enhanced cement.
It is using the same Versarien technology for the pod as is being used to help build the £14.8 billion Crossrail project to expand London’s underground train network.
A full-refundable £250 deposit will reserve you one of the limited edition pods, with a further £29,950 (excluding installation and transportation) securing the deal.
Neill Ricketts, chief executive officer of Versarien, said it was hoped the move would further showcase the potential of its 3D concrete production process for all kinds of projects.
Ricketts said: ‘This launch represents the first application of a technology that has the potential to change the way the world views construction.
‘Lunar doesn’t just provide convenience for homeowners but can also be used for on-site fast construction in commercial and emergency relief situations.’
The firm is also stressing the sustainable credentials of the process, which allows materials to be constructed on-site with less waste.
According to Versarien, the construction industry accounts for an estimated eight per cent of global CO2 emissions.
Aside from construction the Gloucestershire business has seen its graphene technology used to enhance products in sectors ranging from aerospace and electric vehicle production to performance sport.