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Emerging Objects Introduces Mud 3D Printing

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Today, when 3D printing is at its peak, anyone can find an affordable machine for themselves that can print with a large variety of consumable materials. Apparently, even regular mud can be a consumable, as Emerging Objects’ designers and architects demonstrated in practice.

Mud Frontiers proves that it’s viable to use 3D printing technologies instead of sculpting with your own hands with what you can find. The project started as an experiment to reproduce the handmade clay structures and pottery made of mud and clay taken from Sangre de Cristo and San Juan mountains, located in New Mexico and Colorado. The team then decided to start a much larger project, inspired by the fact that for centuries, the Natives of those lands created not only pottery, but also dwellings from nothing but mud. 

The team’s efforts have led to the development of four unique experimental huts built with a mixture of clay soil and wheat straw – Beacon, Lookout, Hearth and Kiln. Beacon was created to find a way to make the wall as thin as possible. Its name was given due to the illumination of indentations along the wall at night, which makes it resemble a beacon. Lookout uses coils to create a staircase. Hearth has a curling mud bench inside that wraps around a fireplace in the middle of the structure. The last one, Kiln, was turned into a simple pottery workshop, returning to the production of clay pots.  

The main workshop works mostly with juniper wood, which was also used as mud-wall reinforcement for Hearth: you can even see the bars sticking out. The walls were printed on a Potterbot XLS-1 3D printer, developed by 3D Potter. The printer is based on a rarely applied 3D printing technology named SCARA. 

One or two operators working with the 3D printer can effectively replace a team of six sculptors. The printed structure is up to 2.75 meters in height and 2.5 meters in diameter when the system prints with 360-degree rotation. 

The whole experiment was a kind of a response to the an article in the Smithsonian magazine called “40 Things You Need to Know About the Next 40 Years”. It’s particularly stated there that we will have to eat jellyfish (because nothing else will remain in the sea), the world will be ruled by artists, musicians, comedians and other creative personalities, and all the advanced structures will be built of mud.

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Robert DeFalco Realty Leads the Way with Strategic Expansion and Philanthropy

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Robert DeFalco, the visionary founder and Owner/Operator of Robert DeFalco Realty, cemented his reputation as a huge force in the real estate industry. His firm, recognized as the #1 real estate company in Staten Island, embarked on a significant expansion this year, solidifying its status as a comprehensive hub for real estate services in New York and New Jersey.

Strategic Growth and New Partnerships

This growth involves not only a physical expansion, but also a strategic partnership with Think Mortgage, a prominent mortgage firm with a strong presence in Brooklyn and Staten Island. The collaboration aligns perfectly with DeFalco’s vision of providing seamless and integrated real estate transactions.

“We are creating a holistic experience,” stated DeFalco.

By partnering with Think Mortgage, Robert DeFalco Realty ensures clients can find their ideal home and secure the best possible mortgage rates, simplifying the process into a smooth journey from start to finish — all in one building.

Comprehensive Services Under One Roof

The firm moved to a new location in Brooklyn, occupying an entire corner block to house its operations. The expansion ensures that clients can access all necessary services under one roof, including real estate and mortgage services, in-house title services, legal expertise, and more. The move underscores DeFalco’s commitment to providing unparalleled convenience for clients.

“We are creating a synergy where all real estate needs are met promptly and professionally, right here,” added DeFalco.

A Legacy of Philanthropy

Beyond his professional achievements, DeFalco is renowned for his philanthropic efforts. He believes in the responsibility of businesses to give back to their communities. Under his leadership, Robert DeFalco Realty is a leading sponsor for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, raising substantial funds annually.

In 2019, the Emergency Children’s Help Organization honored DeFalco for his significant contributions, recognizing him with the Man of the Year Award. His dedication to philanthropy also earned him the Service and Dedication Award from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in 2022.

Community Engagement and Support

Robert DeFalco Realty’s commitment to philanthropy extends to various community events and local charities. The firm supports a wide range of organizations, including the American Cancer Society, City Harvest, Monmouth University, St. Peters High School, and many more. Their efforts make a substantial positive impact, with total donations surpassing $1,000,000.

Most recently, DeFalco attended and sponsored the ECHO Foundation, GRACE Foundation, and Tunnel to Towers events in various capacities.

Looking Forward

With its recent expansion and continued commitment to comprehensive real estate services, Robert DeFalco Realty reaffirms its position as the premier one-stop real estate shop in the northeastern region. The firm continues to uphold its foundational philosophy of treating people well, a mantra that has guided its operations since its inception in 1987 and continues to inspire its growth and innovation today.

About Robert DeFalco

Robert DeFalco Realty was founded in 1987 by Robert DeFalco, a real estate Broker/Owner who wanted to help families achieve their dream of homeownership. Through the philosophy ‘Treat People Well,’ Robert DeFalco has grown into a successful real estate agency led by a professional team of highly motivated real estate associates with experience in residential, commercial, and new real estate development. For more information, please visit https://www.defalcorealty.com/ 

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