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3D-Printed Coral Support Tiles

These Terra-Cotta Tiles will Help Revive Coral Populations

— August 5, 2020 — Art & Design
These terra-cotta tiles have been designed and created to help support marine life in a simple yet innovative manner to encourage coral to repopulate areas where it has been affected by human activity.

An 80% decline in the coral population over the past decade in Double Island, Hong Kong was one of the key reasons for the development of the tiles, which are positioned to support underwater life and redevelopment. The tiles are 3D-printed using terra-cotta before being fired at 2,057 degrees Fahrenheit in order to make them a durable addition to the sea floor that will naturally degrade over time without adding in pollutants to the environment.

The terra-cotta tiles are the design work of a team of researchers at the Swire Institute of Marine Science (SWIMS) of the University of Hong Kong (HKU).
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