Flooring & tiles

Robotic 3D printers create modern terrazzo floors in numerous patterns

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A Dutch company has developed a technology for producing terrazzo floors using the 3D printing process. During the Dutch Design Week 2017, which took place in Eindhoven from October 21-29, 2017, the Aectual team presented their 3D-printed flooring. The variety of colors and patterns is impressive.

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The manufacturer Aectual uses huge robotic 3D printers to create the framework for its sustainable floor coverings, which is then filled with a mass of binding agent and gravel. This allows these floors to be adapted to rooms of any shape and size and made in all kinds of designs – from traditional patterns to individual motifs.

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“We make it possible to design terrazzo floors according to your own wishes and to create a unique design, for example in a hotel lobby or for a retail brand,” said Hans Vermeulen, CEO of Aectual. “This gives designers complete freedom of design.”

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Vermeulen and his co-founders, Hedwig Heinsman and Martine de Wit, are better known as the partners of DUS Architects – the architecture firm working on the creation of a 3D printed canal house in the Dutch capital, Amsterdam. The trio founded Aectual as a commercial spin-off company specializing in 3D printed building products.

In cooperation with the engineering office Arup, they created their first floor covering using the 3D printing process in the “Loft” department store in Tokyo last year. They are currently working on a 600 square meter floor covering for Amsterdam’s Shiphol Airport.

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The process consists of printing out the desired pattern using a robot with six degrees of freedom – that is, it can move forwards and backwards, up and down, and left and right by rotating between the X, Y and Z axes. The material used for the print is a bioplastic made from plants that is fully recyclable.

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Once the printing process is complete, the framework is transported to its final destination. The frame, which is only a few centimeters thick, is then filled with a terrazzo made of recycled granite or marble chippings and a bio-based binder. After the mixture has hardened, the terrazzo floor is polished.

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According to Aectual, the tarrazzo floors are of high quality and wear-resistant. Thanks to the use of recycled and environmentally friendly materials, the floors should also generate little or no waste.

“Our materials are bio-based or recycled and our production process is waste-free and clean,” says the company’s website. “Our flooring solutions offer a great opportunity for companies to demonstrate their responsibility to preserve the environment.”

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You can find more information on the manufacturer’s official website: Aectual.com