At Bartlett School of Architecture, WASP’s LDM technology has been used to create a ceramic cooling system

At Bartlett School of Architecture at UCL (University College London), Rameshwari Jonnalagedda has developed her Master’s degree thesis in Design for Manufacture, where her research focused on creating an efficient cooling system inspired by natural formations, like termite mounds, through ceramic 3D printing and the integration of minimal surface geometries.

The project was developed using Delta WASP 40100 Clay. This technology allowed the creation of complex structures such as minimal surfaces, and showcase the retraction of the machine, which made it possible to create organic and discontinued shapes.

Creating an energy-efficient cooling system with Ceramic 3D Printing

Using complex and porous geometries like minimal surfaces, Rameshwari Jonnalagedda‘s project TerraMound uses 3D printing to produce energy-efficient cooling systems made of ceramic that are inspired by natural formations like termite mounds.

Minimal surface geometries offer a high surface area, ideal for maximizing cooling and airflow – key elements for an efficient cooling system.

The project prototype features a desktop fan with a ceramic porous structure where air is drawn upward through a 3D-printed ceramic body by a base fan. While water poured into a planter on top trickles down the ceramic body, facilitating evaporative cooling, and creating a concept for enhancing cooling efficiency.

While TerraMound utilizes an external fan in its initial prototype, the true potential lies in scaling the concept beyond and diversifying its applications. The project goes beyond mere cooling. Minimal surfaces can be incorporated into walls to create adaptive interfaces, adapting to manage heat, air, and light.

The versatility of minimal surfaces, combined with the freedom of 3D printing, opens doors to a range of applications, like façade systems, air filtration systems and even bio-receptive structures.

Their modularity allows for customization, creating buildings with efficient ventilation, thermal control, and even potential for energy capture.

TerraMound is not just about creating energy-efficient cooling systems. It’s about reimagining a future where buildings are no longer passive structures, but dynamic entities that breathe, adapt, and exist in harmony with nature.

Project credits

Title: TerraMound

Authors: Rameshwari Jonnalagedda

Master’s thesis in Design for Manufacture at Bartlett School of ArchitectureUCL

Tutor: Arthur Prior

Photo credits: Rameshwari Jonnalagedda

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Professional LDM 3D Printing

Discover Delta WASP 40100 Clay, the professional 3D printer for paste-based materials that students are using at the Bartlett School of Architecture in UCL. With Delta WASP 40100 Clay It’s possible to print directly on the floor or on a printing surface removable steel. You can also continue printing without waiting for the piece to dry and simply by moving the printer.

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