Thursday, May 13, 2010

Print a brick

Ginger Krieg Dosier from the American University of Sharjah (UAE) has invented a method of producing printable, bio-manufactured bricks.

Printing layers of sand, bacteria (Sporosarcina pasteurii), yeast extract, urea, calcium chloride and water starts a biological process where the bacteria produce a glue that binds the materials together. Printable bricks can be almost any shape and are as strong as marble.

A neat feature is that the same bio process can be used to bind bricks together doing away with the need for traditional mortar.

More details on Metropolis Magazine.

As seen on Printable Brick Could Cut World's Carbon Emissions by "At Least" 800 Million Tons a Year | Fast Company

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