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3-D Printer Creates Entire Buildings From Solid Rock
Posted By Sarah Parsons On March 17, 2010 @ 2:30 pm In Architecture,Sustainable Building,Urban design | 7 Comments
Imagine a 3-d printer  so large that it can spit out entire buildings made from stone. Sounds science fiction-y, right? But that’s exactly what designer Enrico Dini  created with his prototype D-Shape printer . Dini hopes to use the printer to create buildings made of stone and eventually, moon dust.
The printing process starts with a thin layer of sand. The printer  then sprays the sand with magnesium-based glue from hundreds of nozzles, which binds the sand into rock. That rock is then built up layer by layer, eventually taking shape of whatever object it is destined to become, be it a curvy sculpture or an entire cathedral. Dini has even been talking with La Scuola Normale Superiore , Alta Space  and Norman Foster  to design a printer that would work with moon dust, essentially creating a machine that can make an almost-instant moonbase!
We’re not sure that anyone will really bring D-Shape  to the moon, but it is totally amazing to think about the implications a printer like this could have on construction here on Earth. Dini claims the printer  is four times faster than conventional building, costs one-third to one-half the price of Portland cement and creates very little waste, so it’s better for the environment. Color us seriously impressed.
Via Fast Company 
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URLs in this post:
 Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/03/17/3-d-printer-creates-entire-buildings-from-solid-rock/printer3/
 3-d printer: http://www.inhabitat.com/2005/06/15/print-a-house-in-24-hours-with-robots/
 Enrico Dini: http://www.shapeways.com/blog/archives/217-3D-printing-buildings-interview-with-Enrico-Dini-of-D_Shape.html
 prototype D-Shape printer: http://www.fastcompany.com/1579263/3-d-printing-whole-buildings-in-stonein-space-this-printer-rocks?partner=design_newsletter
 Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/03/17/3-d-printer-creates-entire-buildings-from-solid-rock/printer2/
 La Scuola Normale Superiore: http://www.sns.it/en/
 Alta Space: http://www.alta-space.com/
 Norman Foster: http://www.fosterandpartners.com/Practice/Default.aspx
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