D_Shape Tech Prints Buildings

Joris Peels at the Shapeways Blog posts a rather interesting interview with Enrico Dini, who intends on constructing building-sized objects with 3D printing technology. We've seen building printers before, but this approach could be more interesting - because it's actually happening! The image above shows an alien egg-shaped sculpture within a roundabout. Yes, those are vehicles on the left side, to demonstrate the scale of the object.

The interview explains that Dini experimented with various techniques until finally arriving at a technique called "D-Shape" that is quite intriguing:

  • Uses no cement
  • Uses any common sand as the building material
  • Strength is similar to reinforced concrete
  • Onsite printing is possible
  • Currently 25dpi resolution (it's a BUILDING after all!)
  • Low maintenance effort and costs
  • Far less CO2 produced than traditional concrete approaches

You can see the actual printer itself at the Shapeways post.

Via Shapeways Blog

General Fabb

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has been writing Fabbaloo posts since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!