Updated on March 8, 2024


Created on August 27, 2015

Terrabric 2B

Terrabric 2B is a soil-cement brick making machine.

Tested By
  • South African Bureau of Standards
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Product Description

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.

Target groups are Low income self-built housing market: Small groups that want to earn a living making bricks for sale in the immediate area (wheelbarrow distance), and people building their own homes.

Target SDGs

SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

Market Suggested Retail Price


Market Suggested Retail Price (Secondary Currency)


Target Users (Target Impact Group)

Household, Community

Distributors / Implementing Organizations

New Dawn Engineering

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

System Dimensions


Portability (yes/no)


Raw materials used

Earth, clay, sand, and cement

Recommended water content (ratio)


Induced pressure (Mpa)

4 – 7 MPa

Power source


Finished unit dimensions

29 x 15.4 x 10.8 m3

Rate of production (units/hour)

1200 units/hour

Curation duration (days)

28 days

Suitable climate

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.

Design Specifications

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

Product Schematics

Technical Support

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.  

Replacement Components



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.

“Terrabrick Machine”, New Dawn Engineering, accessed on March 8, 2024, https://www.newdawnengineering.com/website/brickandtile/tbrick/

Compliance with regulations

New Dawn Engineering's products are designed to international standards.

Evaluation methods

Field testing

Other Information

New Dawn Engineering Website

“Prices”, New Dawn Engineering, accessed on March 8, 2024, https://www.newdawnengineering.com/website/prices/prices.php

This picture shows the Terrabric 2B in mass production.

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