The 3D printing construction technology is not restricted to just concrete or cement-based materials being used to build up sturdy walls and structures but the scope of this can further be expanded to include other building materials too. A team of students from the University of Hong Kong (HKU) recently combined traditional Chinese clay craft with 3D printed architecture to create an amazing pavilion using additive manufacturing processes. The impressive structure made from 3D printed terracotta bricks called the CeramicINformation Pavilion, is the centre of attraction at the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture (UABB) in Shenzhen, China.
In the CeramicINformation Pavilion, roughly 1.5 million lines of code were required and each 3D printed brick contains around 1,400 individual target points.
The same HKU-based lab had presented an architectural pavilion in September 2017 made using the same technology. This project, entitled Ceramic Constellation Pavilion, consisted of over 2,000 3D printed terracotta bricks.
Terracotta, a versatile clay-based material, has a long history in construction and building all across the globe. In China as well as in India, the earthenware material was used to produce intricately decorated Chinese Imperial roofs, and elsewhere it is commonly used for roof tiles and sometimes walls.