You’d never realize flooring was such an important factor in a living space until it isn’t there.

Stepping things up from self-made toys and coasters, Good Works Studio is using 3D printing to do more than profit. The Houston-based company comprised of Scott Key and Sam Brisendine has a mission to relieve unnecessary suffering for refugees living in shelters. To this end, they aim to create low-cost products which provide a high impact on the lives of said refugees.

Their first product is a modular flooring system called Emergency Floor which is designed to prevent diseases resulting from improper flooring in shelters as well as give refugees a comfortable temporary living space.

Think of the floor pieces as upgraded versions of those foam puzzle mats kids play on but with a more useful purpose. Emergency Floor serves as a barrier between settlers and the cold, hard, unforgiving dirt which is home to all sorts of nasty microbes. It also serves as a thermal break in areas like Lebanon and Iraq, where the nights can be brutally cold and cause hypothermia.

The product started out as a school project Scott and Sam came up with while they were still studying at the Rice University School of Architecture. It initially began life as a crate of supplies which, when dropped down, unfolded into a floor to deliver goods to refugees without need for a crowbar. While the relief goods were all well and… good, they soon realized the potential of their unfolding crate and repurposed it to further aid the unfortunate.

Here’s another video put together by Morgan Hamel at Re:3D on what Good Works Studio is doing:

Good Works Studio has a lot of products coming aimed to make life easier for people living in shelters, but for now, you can follow Good Works Studio on its website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.


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