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Pixelstone is 3D Brick Laying for the 21st Century

by • March 28, 2016 • No Comments

  • Upon news that Desamanera, that offers large-scale stone 3D printing, is coming to the United States, I have learned of a Dutch startup that has scaled 3D printed construction down, instead. A spin-off of Lab3D, that we covered last year, Pixelstone has approached the yett of construction 3D printing brick by brick.

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    Lab3D was in the system of exploring the possibilities of 3D printing for the construction sector, which include what sorts of new creations and efficiency the innovation may bring. From the looks of it, the firm was focvia on a tiny-scale, creating computer desktop models for representing these possibilities. Pixelstone, too, appears as yet it is working out a proof of concept preceding scaling up for actual construction. The Pixelstone printing device 3D prints brick façades via tiny brick cubes, that Pixelstone calls “pixels” (but can additional appropriately be dubbed “voxels” given their dimensionality). The pixels, loaded into cartridges, are pumped into the machine through a hose and laid down brick by brick based off of a digital create.

    pixelstone brick 3D printing device schematics

    According to co-founder Bram van den Haspel, the system is not only a fun gimmick, but in fact saves energy. “Pixel Stones are cube-like brick particles of 1 m. Because they are so tiny, they are rapidly fried, and that saves a lot of energy,” he says. The website specifically states that the system reduces energy waste by 90%. The prototype device is capable of 3D printing half a square meter per hour, but the company’s ultimate goal is to speed things up to five meters per hour.

    pixelstone brick 3D printing device

    Whilst the Pixelstone printing device is already additional adept at brick façades, the startup hopes to release the device for full-scale structure printing when it hits the market in the future two years. If you’d like to be a part of that dream, you can contact Pixelstone to be a partner or investor at [email protected] or +31(0)107142456.

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