Building Bytes proposes a new method of fabricating architecture; desktop 3D printers become portable, inexpensive brick factories for large scale construction.
Working within fixed limitations (the size of a desktop 3D printer, capacity of the material storage system and the properties of clay) led to research into bricks. While the material and building unit are ancient and fairly universal, Building Bytes proposes to revolutionize the fabrication technique.
This fabrication system, including the materials and technology, allows Building Bytes to be accessible worldwide. The bricks are made from a liquid slip cast recipe of earthenware ceramics, which is typically used for casting molds, while a standard desktop 3D printer is connected to an extrusion system consisting of plastic cartridges and air pressure. The only customization is a material extrusion head that only requires minimal changes to existing machines.
Four brick applications were tested: 1) columns and towers, 2) domes of interlocking bricks, 3) vertical tiling, 4) modular honeycomb stackable bricks. This research aimed to test the system with two fabrication styles: uniformity (the same brick printed multiple times) and variation (unique bricks that create a form).
You can follow the progress of the project at buildingbytes.info.
MATAERIAL is the result of the collaborative research between Petr Novikov, Saša Jokić from the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) and Joris Laarman Studio. IAAC tutors representing Open Thesis Fabrication Program provided their advice and professional expertise. During the course of the research we developed a brand new digital fabrication method and a working prototype that can open a door to a number of practical applications. The method that we call Anti·gravity Object Modeling has a Patent-Pending status.
Join Photizo Group Research Manager Scott Dunham as he details the future of desktop and personal 3D printers, presenting new data and analysis from the recent 2014 Desktop & Consumer 3D Printing Market Size, Share and Forecast report, and examines the inherent interconnectedness between low cost printers and professional additive manufacturing systems.