When there are two building materials placed next to one another, there must be a joint that addresses air-tightness, water-tightness, load bearing, and/or multiple other requirements. Conventionally, joints are created by introducing a third element that either mechanically fastens the two components or uses an adhesive to create a bond between them. As a result, the coordination is complicated and difficult, many aspects can fail, and the seal is never guaranteed. There is a need for elimination of as many mechanical joints as possible without undermining functionality. The technology is a seamless/transitioning interface(s) between various materials and/or building components that can introduce a progressive transition (a gradience) between these materials.
This technology is developing simultaneously in three funded areas of focus: (1) the development of sustainable materials, processes, and practices; (2) providing solutions for building in harsh conditions where impermeability between and through surface materials is required; and (3) further development and modification of additive manufacturing technologies in the building industry and production of seamless architecture.
The technology has many potential applications in the arts, industrial design, and particularly architecture, permitting construction scenarios never imagined before in the creation of spatial conditions, surface conditions, and insulation against sound, water, moisture, gases, or air.
Patent pending (provisional patent filed). The technology is available for licensing through the Office of Technology Management.