Scientists Create 3D-Printed Terra Cotta Tiles to Encourage Coral Reef Growth

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An effort is made by marine scientists and architects at the Swire Institute of Marine Science to encourage coral growth and help preserve marine life by designing terra cotta tiles. The tiles are made by 3D printing with terra cotta clay and firing the tiles at extremely high heat. (Terra cotta is an ancient form of porous fired-clay pottery.) This fusion of ancient material and modern method allows for the unique “squiggly” design and porous, textured surface of the tile.

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