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    Emerging Objects 3-D print earthquake resistant column

    California-based architecture firm Emerging Objects has used a 3-D printer to produce a structural column, which they say can withstand the impact of an earthquake.

    Named ‘Quake Column’, the pillar is made from 3-D printed cement bricks that have been designed using CAD tools to fit together in a vertical structure, without the need for mortar or rebar.

    The bricks are hollow, creating a high strength-to-weight ratio, while their interlocked arrangement prevents any horizontal movement in the column, helping it to stay stable during seismic shocks.

    Emerging Objects came up with the shake-resistant structure during a material exploration that experimented using sawdust, ground-up tires, salt, and pulverized bone as construction materials.

    According to the architects, the technique used to build the Quake Column could be expanded to fabricate building code compliant, load-bearing walls.

    The team is currently working on increasing the tensile strength of their materials using reinforcement fibers.

    Courtesy Wired

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