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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