A new technique that lets you turn a ceramic tile floor into a new kind of home decor is making the rounds.
A team of researchers in Australia has made ceramic tiles into customised home décor using a patented technique.
The team behind the project is using the technique to turn a tile into a home décolleté.
“What we’ve done is we’ve taken a tile, taken out the insulation, made it into a solid surface,” says Dr Kari Dolan, a University of Western Australia professor who works on ceramic tile research.
“We’ve added a layer of ceramic, and we’ve added some heat.”
The researchers then created a pattern using a computer program, using a method called thermal expansion that helps to create an internal surface.
The result is a new design that is warmer and more luxurious than the traditional flooring found in many homes.
The results have been described in a recent journal article by Australian ceramic tile researcher Dr Karis Dolan and published in the Australian Journal of Architecture.
The researchers are now testing their technique in more than 100 homes, in an effort to develop it further.
“This is an amazing achievement, it’s a unique technique that gives us a whole new dimension to designing our homes, it gives us an opportunity to change the way we do things,” Dr Dolan says.
“I think it’s going to change how people think about the interior of a house, not just the look of the space.”
The research team at the University of Wollongong is currently working on the technology to create ceramic tile carpeting.
“It is not a new technique, it has been around for a long time,” Dr Kolan says, “so we don’t think it will go away.”
He adds that his team is now using a “different technique” to test the technique, “which we hope will lead to more applications”.
The research is part of a larger research project on ceramic tiles, which has also led to a number of new products.
Dr Dolan believes the technology is now well on its way to becoming a common practice in homes, and is confident that the technique will be widely adopted in the future.
“There’s nothing like ceramic tile,” he says.
“You can put it in a fireplace, in a bathroom, in any home you can think of.”
You can take it up to the kitchen and put it up on the table and it’s just a fabulous idea.
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