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Kent State professor wins national architecture award
Professor uses 3-D printing to create bricks of unusual shapes
by WKSU's LYNDSEY SCHLEY


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Professor Brian Peters uses a 3-D printer that extrudes a ceramic material to create bricks.
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Kent State professor has won an award from ARCHITECT magazine for his project to create bricks using a 3-D printer.

Brian Peters’s project called Building Bytes was one of six national winners of the magazine’s research and development awards. Peters uses a ceramic-extruding 3-D printer to create bricks.

Peters says his method can create bricks in shapes that were impossible before, including honey combs, and make each brick different.

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Professor Brian Peters shows off one of his honeycomb shaped bricks.“So a standard brick is basically the same shape that is repeated thousands or millions or times and you can stack them up in certain ways," Peters says. "When you 3-D print a brick, each brick can be completely unique so you could have a very complex design where you have an overall design and you subdivide it into smaller bricks, but each brick can be completely different."

Peters says this can allow for new methods of insulation or for walls to be designed to contain wiring or pipes.

He says the project is still in the prototyping phase, but he already has some firms looking into using them for interior design.

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