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

For more on how the Meco'press operates, check out this animation.
Via Springwise

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.

Using only mud mixed with a binder material, the hydraulic press creates a LEGO-shaped brick in under 30 seconds. Lime is the suggested binder material, as it is completely natural and it stabilizes the moisture in the brick – eliminating swelling, shrinking, or cracking from excessive dryness. After the press is filled with the mud and lime mixture, 30 tons of hydraulic pressure turn it into a BTC (une brique en terre compressée). BTC’s can be use used for structures up to two stories tall, making them perfect for international aid or for eco-minded builders around the globe.

For more on how the Meco’press operates, check out this animation.


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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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