New Dawn Engineering Terrabric Machine 2B is a soil-cement brick making machine made from steel sections with “axle steel” shafts. The Terrabric 2B is capable of producing about 1,200 bricks per day.
Distributors / Implementing Organizations
This picture shows the Terrabric 2B in mass production.
Intellectural Property Type
User Provision Model
Products can be ordered via email and phone through the New Dawn Engineering website.
Distributions to Date Status
About 1500 Interview with representative
Raw materials used
Earth, clay, sand, and cement
Recommended water content (ratio)
Induced pressure (Mpa)
4 – 7 MPa
Finished unit dimensions
29 x 15.4 x 10.8 m3
Rate of production (units/hour)
Curation duration (days)
Not suitable for cold climates unless necessary vapor barriers and insulation can be added. On their own ISSBs and CEBs do not hold up well to freeze/thaw cycles and have a low thermal insulation capacity.
Specifications: Mobile capabilities Finished brick size (LxWxH) (cm3): 29 x 15.4 x 10.8 Bricks can be made of soil and cement, or subsoil only Machine Weight (kg): 80
New Dawn Engineering offers training seminars in the design, buliding, maintenance, use, and economics of their products. A full list of instructions with pictures is available on their website.
3-month manufacturer warranty. Lifecycle is 400,000 to 600,000 bricks produced, if kept properly oiled and greased. Disposal information not specified. Interview with representative
Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters
Testing of soil cement bricks has been done using the SABS (South Africa Bureau of Standards) method for ordinary bricks. The products are usually made to order – i.e. to the customer’s requirements. That varies considerably. The normal routine is to take ten, crush them, toss the result for the highest and lowest, average the 8 remaining results, see if the weakest is more than 20% less than the mean, and if needed, de-rate the whole until the lowest is 20% below the rated number. Typical targets are 4 MPa, 7 MPa and ‘filler bricks’ which do not need any particular strength. 19 MPa bricks gave been made from soil using a bit less than 10% cement. Interview with representative 100 bricks per person per day, maximum 1200 bricks per day Induced to 5 Mpa or pressure 30 bricks per square meter"
Vetted Performance Status
Complementary Technical Systems
Academic Research and References
Patel, D. N., & Pitroda, J. R., 2014, Techno Economical Development of Low-Cost Interlocking Paverblock by Partially Replacement of Portland Pozzolana Cement With used Foundry Sand Waste, Journal of International Academic Research for Multidisciplinary, Volume 2, Issue 4, 607-615.
Compliance with regulations
New Dawn Engineering's products are designed to international standards.