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Thursday, September 3, 2009

D-Shaping...


D-Shape is an in Pisa, Italy, based engineering firm founded by Enrico Dini, who has developed a system for large scale 3D Printing that allows for a surprisingly refined fabrication ('printing') level of detail indeed. A number of other related technologies have been discussed on this blog before, such as Contour Crafting research at USC and the Wonder Wall project at Loughborough University's Rapid Manufacturing Research Group (RMRG), but, at least based on these initial examples of work, this rendition of the technology seems the most promising. Now all that needs to be done is develop some bespoke approaches for how these fabricators could be applied. We've been in touch with the company and have some initial ideas for a number of designs. More details will hopefully be provided at a future date.

In many ways this technology would be ideal for a place like Kuwait, where there is an abundant access to its core raw material, sand, and the building plots are usually of a consistent size and shape, which would allow for the development of a standardized construction rig.

All images provided by Enrico Dini and D-Shape...


The assembly rig fits onto the back of a single truck...

The rig is assembled on site...

An a 3D physical structure is 'printed'...

The resolution of the D-Shape large scale RM technique is currently much finer than its compatriots...

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