3D Printer

Mega scale free-form printer that prints out three-dimensional structures

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IT Italy
Web http://www.d-shape.com/cose.htm
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About the project Edit

d_shape, invented by Enrico Dini, is a new robotic building system using new materials to create superior stone-like structures. It is a mega scale free-form printer of buildings that uses a special structure and print head to "print out" three-dimensional structures up to 6x6 meters in size. This new machinery enables full-size sandstone buildings to be made without human intervention, using a stereolithography 3-D printing process that requires only sand and a special inorganic binder to operate. d_shape is a new building technology which will revolutionize the way architectural design is planned, and building constructions are executed. By simply pressing the “enter” key on the keypad the company intends to give the architect the possibility to make buildings directly, without intermediaries who can add interpretation and realization mistakes.

d_shape enable architects to directly make the buildings they design, using a robotic building machine that uses CAD-CAE-CAM Design Technology

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In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

This technology allows a level of precision and freedom of design unheard of in the past. The human limitations of master builders and bricklayers will no longer hamper architects’ visions. d_shape competes with the traditional construction industry which uses cement, reinforced concrete, bricks and stones.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

d_shape has been designed to make the Construction Industry more environmentally friendly as well as providing low-cost access to building for people in need around the world. The system uses environmentally friendly materials and very low levels of energy.

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

d_shape can print any feature that can be enveloped into a cube 6x6 meters side. The applications by Monolite are endless : public/urban, playgrounds and kindergarten, religious, natural parks / zoo – recreational, studios/artistic, archaeology, large scale rapid prototyping, civil engineering / complex industrial plant parts and stone machines.

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