Pylos: 3D Printing with Soil

After my recent exploration of ‘Soil as Interface’ and my interest in 3D Printing this grabbed my attention, a Greek researcher Sofoklis Giannakopoulos based in Barcelona Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) has created ‘Pylos’ a 3D Printer that uses one of the most basic materials you can think of – soil.


Soil is not something new in architecture – its biodegradable properties, alongside with the fact that it would be harder to imagine a cheaper material, makes it the perfect material for a large scale construction approach. While combining 96 % soil with other elements, the material is stated to be “three times higher tensile strength” compared to industrial hard clay.

Note to Self:

  • Cinema 4D: Quite a steep learning curve to be any way useful to me, be nice to maybe print via 3D some basic items/objects, then I can start to mess with it. only when I learn the rules…can I break them.

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