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3D printed clay components for the project Ground Substance ready to be excavated from our ZCorp 510 printing bed.
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Ground Substance, the digital component model abstracted from the original biological system of study, Sabin+Jones LabStudio.
A technique that uses Z-Corp 3D printing to produce modular ceramic bricks from a single material that then interlock and assemble into largest parts has been revealed in 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing, the peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert publishers. The feature PolyBrick: Variegated Additive Ceramic Component Manufacturing is available online.
Advanced digital tools create customised, prefabricated ceramic building blocks called PolyBricks, enabling the construction of mortarless assemblies on a large scale.
Cornell University's Jenny Sabin, Martin Miller, Nicholas Cassab and Andrew Lucia, who work in the Sabin Design Lab, in addition to the Jenny Sabin Studio, provide a detailed description of the computational design systems developed for the digital fabrication and production of the PolyBricks. They explain that they use 3D printing technology to produce mass customised components in the article.
Director of Cornell University's Creative Machines Lab at the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Editor in Chief Hod Lipson, PhD, stated: "This work offers an exciting new alternative approach for 3D printing at architectural scales, without requiring the large infrastructure that most current methods require. It could open the door to many new applications."