Natural 3D Printer

Bacillus pasteurii is one of the more useful bacteria you’ll ever meet. Researchers have discovered a way to use it to turn sandy soil, treacherous during earthquakes, into stable ground. Mix urea, soil and calcium, inject a little bit o’ bug and voilà! The cementer bug feeds on urea and deposits calcite, which cements the soil together and turns shifting sand into sandstone.

UC Davis

Categories: Biomimetics


studying: architecture design


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  1. precedents 1.13 « - January 12, 2010

    […] researching similar topics, using Bacillus pasteurii, also known as the cementer bug in 2007 as a ‘natural 3d printing device’ which would create habitable structures out of sand. Seed bombing technologies have also been of […]

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