3D Printed Planter Bricks

April 6, 2013 by

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Now you can print and plant a brick.

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Planter Bricks are 3D printed concrete masonry units that double as vessels for growing plants and vegetation.

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Created by Emerging Objects, a design and research subsidiary of Rael San Fratello Architects specializing in 3D printed objects for the built environment, the bricks are “printed” with a direct digital manufacturing and rapid 3D prototyping technology, a relatively new process that enables the production of pieces that would otherwise be impossible to create by hand or require expensive machinery to produce or reproduce.

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The resulting 3D printed bricks vary in size and shape: some are angular, some curvaceous, many have different sized cavities. Assembled together they create a uniquely composed wall of plants.

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During construction, the bricks can be assembled in a load bearing cavity wall, installed as a traditional masonry curtain wall on a steel or concrete frame, combined with traditional bricks in new walls, or retrofitted for existing walls.

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Indentations in the bricks accept water much like weep holes, while a network of drip irrigation lines built into the cavity of the masonry wall irrigate the plants, the water pumped up from below or gravity fed from a cistern or water collection device on the roof.

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Edible plants and fragrant herbs with shallow root systems such as rosemary can be harvested through openings in the wall.

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As the manufacturing process requires no dies or molds, products can be mass-customized rather than mass-produced, taking advantage of the flexibility and speed computer-aided manufacturing affords and, since 3D printing minimizes waste, it is also an environmentally conscious manufacturing method.

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In addition to looking great, Planter Bricks provide a number of benefits. The plants buffer sound, help filter surrounding air, and through evapotranspiration and pollution conversion, they also aid in mediating the building’s microclimate temperature  which contributes a bit to countering the urban heat island effect.

 

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  2. Mike Kennedy said:

    How does the integrity of the bricks hold up to roots? I would assume this would cause the bricks to fail much earlier than normal. Ivy roots on bricks can become a problem, why not this? Love the way it looks, just wonder about how well it will hold up.

    — April 9, 2013 @ 17:13

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    Although I love the idea, the fact that these bricks will make climbing buildings rather easy I worry about the security implications that will arise when a criminal can access higher floors of buildings. I can also see drunks trying and falling off too. Might be worth having these set above a certain height so that this is not likely to happen

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