The building techniques of ancient civilizations may have a lot more in common with today's advances – such as 3D printing – than you might think, says longtime industry writer Korky Koroluk. In a recent column for Daily Commercial News, he shared his take on a project using 3D printing techniques to resurrecting ancient practices that may better withstand earthquake damage. The project, by Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello is essentially a system of interlocking bricks designed using computerized tools, and they calculate it could be used to create load bearing walls that meet today's building codes. It's based on building techniques perfected by Incan masons.

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