D-Shape Enterprises is excited to announce a new partnership with Singularity University for the Billion by 2020 program. Furthermore, D-Shape will be presented at the closing graduation commencement ceremony. The partnership is expected to produce a feasible near-term game plan for the fabrication of refugee habitats, emergency response infrastructure, and more.
This is exciting. First Entirely 3D Printed Estate is Coming to NY, Including a 3D Printed 2400 Sqft House, Pool & More. BY EDDIE KRASSENSTEIN · AUGUST 20, 2014. New York City architect/contractor Adam Kushner begins construction of the first ever 3D printed estate, which features a 3D printed swimming pool, 4-bedroom, 2400 square foot home, and more. The 3D printer which will be a modified version of Enrico Dini’s D-shape printer, will, if all goes as planned, eventually be able to automatically place rebar within the 3D printed house, as it prints.
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Andrea Morgante, founder of Shiro Studio, has collaborated with D-Shape to produce the Radiolaria pavilion, a complex, free-form structure produced using the world’s largest 3D printer. Measuring 3 x 3 x 3 metres, the structure is a scale model of a final 10-metre tall pavilion to be built in Pontedera, Italy, in 2010.
D-Shape, the world’s first large-scale stereolithic printer, was developed by Italian engineer Enrico Dini in 2008 to offer architects the design freedom that rapid prototyping allows.
The structure is made of an artificial sandstone material and does not feature any internal reinforcement.
Held together by an inorganic binder, the resultant material has excellent strength properties – with some performance characteristics superior to portland cement – and will not damage the environment.
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D-Shape has been awarded the first U.S. permit for 3-D Printed Construction in Upstate New York. The company owns a 5 acre estate in Gardener, New York. Work has already begun on the property, with electricity being run, and wells and topological maps created. The company plans to demonstrate modular pool construction techniques, creating a beautiful, cutting edge community outdoor pool. Following completion, the company will then begin the construction of a pool house, water fountain, parking lot, and estate. D-Shape is expected to begin the concrete slab construction process within the next two to three months, with the entire project estimated to require 12 months.
31 January 2013
Setting up a lunar base could be made much simpler by using a 3D printer to build it from local materials. Industrial partners including renowned architects Foster + Partners have joined with ESA to test the feasibility of 3D printing using lunar soil.
“Terrestrial 3D printing technology has produced entire structures,” said Laurent Pambaguian, heading the project for ESA.
“Our industrial team investigated if it could similarly be employed to build a lunar habitat.”
Foster + Partners devised a weight-bearing ‘catenary’ dome design with a cellular structured wall to shield against micrometeoroids and space radiation, incorporating a pressurised inflatable to shelter astronauts.
A hollow closed-cell structure – reminiscent of bird bones – provides a good combination of strength and weight.
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Experts say it is a promising step in the fight to restore the coastal habitats, but the focus must also be on regrowing natural corals. Dini hopes his creations can not only help to protect the environment but also be used to print pieces for humans in the future.
Enrico Dini’s D-shape 3D printer is a large aluminium gantry structure, which uses CAM software to drive a huge print head during the building process. It can print buildings – at least the most parts of it – on site with much less manpower needed for construction. It deposits sand followed by an inorganic binding material. Excess material acts as a support to the binded structure and when the print is finished the excess material can be removed and reused.
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Enrico Dini’s D-Shape has been featured here several times as it’s the largest 3D printer to date. With a build envelope of 6 x 6 meters, it can print entire houses. It operates by depositing a special binder onto layers of sand, creating an artificial sandstone that is structurally superior to “Portland Concrete” andsimilar to marble. For this reason, as well as others, D-Shape was recently awarded first place in the New York City Economic Development Corporation’s (NYCEDC) waterfront repair contest called “Change the Course.” The $50,000 prize was to draw innovative methods of redeveloping 565 miles of NYC’s coast, much of which was especially damaged after Superstorm Sandy.
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