there is a common misconception that sand is an abundant resource. beach, river and quarry sand are all in high demand and heavily used in many industries, especially construction. desert sand however has little use, as its grains are too smooth and fine to bind together. even dubai imports sand from other countries. finite however uses an organic binder to help effectively bind together desert sand into structures.
the development of finite opens new opportunities to make use of desert sand and other abundant fine powders that traditionally have no use. finite can be formed into sand structures that have the same compressive strength as traditional housing bricks and even residential concrete. however, compared to both housing bricks and concrete, the process to make this material is simple and does not require extreme temperatures. finite is environmentally friendly, with less than half the carbon footprint of concrete. thanks to its material properties, Finite can be easily melted down and then remoulded for multiple lifecycle uses.
collaborators: hamza oza, matteo maccario, saki maruyama
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