By now, you’ve probably heard of 3D printed houses, and now a couple of researchers are making the technology available to architects and designers for the first time.
Invented by British architect John Laidlaw, the durabond coating, which was designed to protect against water and dust, is also used in coatings for doors, windows, doors and ceilings, as well as for architectural ceramics, the researchers said.
Durable materials can be made of the same materials used in conventional materials, such as plastic or carbon fibre.
This means the coating will not corrode over time.
“In the past, coatings were made from cheap materials that would deteriorate over time,” said Laidwod, a member of the British Association of Architects and a member from the UK’s Royal Institute of British Architects.
“They would have had a very long lifespan and they would not be good for many years.
The reason that we were able to manufacture the material with a very low cost was because we had the materials available, and because of the durability of the materials.”
Using the coatings made from aluminium, Laidwit said, the coating could last up to 100 years.
“The main drawback of the coating is that it is very porous.
You have to be careful with it, and that can cause problems if you are working with it on the roof of a building, or in a building that is a structure,” he said.
In addition, the coat is susceptible to UV radiation, which can damage the aluminium, as the coating has to be placed in a UV-resistant location.
Laidwoda said he is working with researchers in Germany and the US to make the coat even more resistant to UV damage.
“Our research has shown that UV exposure causes damage to the aluminium and that the coating can help to protect the aluminium from UV exposure,” he added.
“If the coating gets damaged, you are still protected from UV rays, but it is not as strong as if you had just been wearing the protective clothing.”
A new coat made of aluminium.
Image: Laidwer, et al.
This is what the coating looks like after being coated with UV-reactive aluminium.
The researchers hope that by adding a layer of aluminium to the coat, they will be able to make a stronger and more durable coating that could be used in buildings in the future.
“We are using the same processes that have been used in the manufacture of the polyurethane coatings that we use in buildings,” Laidwi said.
“It will be really nice to have a durable material that can withstand the UV and not have the cracking and cracking.”
In addition to the new coat, Liewod and Laidwright are working on another material, which could be the next step in the Durabond development.
They have also been working on a coating that is more durable, and is already used in other buildings in parts of the world, including Australia.
“This material is actually made from the same material as the polymeric coating, but the coating on the outside is much stronger and much less susceptible to corrosion,” Liewood said.
“It is a material that is very flexible and can be attached to other materials without any problems.”
“We have made it up to the surface of the material and the only thing that needs to be done is to glue the material onto the material that we have glued the coating onto.”