Don’t Let Air Conditioning Overheat Your Utility Bill With These Futuristic 3D Printed Ceramic Bricks

By: | February 23rd, 2015

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If you live in a place with very hot and dry weather, you will likely find yourself clinging to your air conditioners. But the ACs in your homes could be accountable for 60-70% of your electricity bill.

This may no longer be the case after Oakland, California-based Emerging Objects has come up with 3D printed ‘Cool Bricks’ that allow homes to be cooled naturally without the need for air conditioning. These Cool Bricks can cool off the home simply by using water.

The Cool Brick is not a new invention. In fact, it is based on a centuries-old system that many believe dates back over 3,300 years when porous ceramic vessels were used to cool things by evaporation through their walls.

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Concept Behind Cool Bricks

Made with a mixture of clay and organic materials, these 3D printed porous ceramic bricks can soak up water like a sponge. When the hot and dry air passes through the small pores of these ceramic tiles, the air absorbs the water through evaporation and cools down rooms in hot and dry areas.

Cool Bricks were made possible with the help of a company named ‘TETHON 3D’ that specializes in 3D printing with clay.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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