A parallel Worlds

Sunday December 6 2009 / Science & Technology - Art & Design

Enrico Dini dreamt of buildings, construction and impossible shapes and was particularly inspired by Gaudi's architecture. He became a Civil engineer and later branched out into making machines, but all the while dreaming of creating impossible shapes.

Traditional building methods tend to reel in dreamers outlandish dreams because building with concrete and brick requires scaffolding and a lot of manpower, which creates constraints that limit the way in which buildings can be constructed and limit the shapes and forms that architects can use.

His D_shape technology makes it possible to 3D print 6m x 1m sections at a time.

Rather than accept these constraints, Enrico decided to completely remove them and in 2004 he invented and patented a full scale 3D printing method that uses epoxy to bind sand. This process enables him to print buildings in practically any form he can imagine.

The d_shape system works with a rigging that is suspended over the buildable part. The system deposits the sand and then the inorganic binding ink. No water is necessary. Because the two components meet outside the nozzle, the machine does not clog up and can keep up its accuracy of 25 DPI. Enrico and d_shape are currently talking to lots of construction & engineering companies and architects about their technology.

A rendering of a 3D roundabout sculpture in Pisa Italy that Enrico is working on.

The d_shape technology allows a level of precision and freedom of design unheard of in the past. The human limitations of master builders and bricklayers will no longer hamper architects’ visions.

has been designed to make the Construction Industry more environmentally friendly as well as providing low-cost access to building for people in need around the world. The system uses environmentally friendly materials and very low levels of energy.For more information please visit www.D-Shape.com

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Steve Hallock