D-Shape 3D Printer Creates Complex Buildings From Sand (video)
We have featured a number of different 3D printers here on Geeky Gadgets which are sure to change the way we create object in our homes in the years to come. Enabling us to create small devices from printed plastic pieces up to the size of a loaf of bread.
But on the other end of scale Enrico Dini and Monolite UK has created a 3D printer called the D-Shape that is capable of producing 3D structures using sand, and the same principles as the smaller 3D plastic printers. Building the structures just one layer at a time.
The D-Shape has been created to provide a more commercial way of creating complex structures without the need to create forms for the concrete to be moulded in.The D-Shape 3D printer works with a rigging system that is suspended over the part to be constructed.
The D-Shape printer then deposits sand, together with an inorganic binding ink, without the need for water. Because the two components meet outside the nozzle, the machine does not clog and can keep up its accuracy of 25 DPI during the entire building process. Allowing it to create amazing complex structure without the need for moulds.
For more information on the amazing D-Shape system jump over to the Shapeways site, who recently had an interview opportunity with the D-Shapes designer and developer Enrico Dini.