Gallery: Meco’Press Machine Makes LEGO Building Bricks From Mud

While on a Congolese mission with Doctors Without Borders, Thierry Perrocheau began working on the mechanical design for a portable, natural brick pressing machine. Now the CEO of Meco'concept, Perrocheau and his small team have designed a hydraulic press that transforms ordinary mud into structural building blocks. Since 2008 the team has distributed the Meco'press in France and Belgium, and they have recently seen an overwhelming interest from organizations looking to build in developing nations. The ingenious press offers a green building material solution that can function within the constraints of devastated areas.

Perrocheau told Inhabitat that one of his goals is to have the presses operational in Haiti in the near future. Concerns about portability and global shipment are addressed in the lightweight design of the Meco’Press. Because it can be operated with very little training, is easy to maintain, and uses mostly materials from the building site, testing has found that it can be used throughout 80% of the earth. The small percent left out is due to the lack of clay content in the soil.


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  1. christinam August 2, 2012 at 3:52 am

    True, the use of compressed earth bricks is not a new idea. True, the press has been made at a fraction of the cost. But, who has made the compressed earth brick press to make bricks that don’t need mortar and press at 300 tons? Meco’concept has done this and it is appreciated that this article has been posted. Many thanks to inhabitat!

  2. justinfox July 20, 2012 at 1:01 am

    There is an open source version of this on the web. Google: open source compressed earth brick press. It can be created with ease and at a fraction of the cost.

  3. d martin March 7, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    Not a new idea. See the Cinva Ram, still made by Fernco. If I recall, it was cited in the Whole Earth Catalog back in the 1960s.

  4. kutesmith March 7, 2011 at 5:58 am

    please send me more information on this product

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