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Enrico Dini – Massive Passion for Massive 3D Printed Structures

I’m willing to bet a pile of spalling brick that most of you don’t live in a house or work in a building that’s been printed by a 3D printer. No? It seems ludicrous that a large structure could be printed layer-by-layer with a rock-like resin – floor, walls, ceiling, tubes, stairs and roof. But then again, were thinking about conventional structures built by hand with wood, sweat and mortar.

Enrico Dini, founder of D_shape and creator of the largest 3D printer in the known universe, doesn’t think the idea of printing a house is ludicrous at all.

In fact, there’s very little he sees as impossible. Printing massive structures, skyscrapers, cathedrals and stadiums are not even out of the range of possibility. He’s set to redefine the style of architecture and strip the limits of what constrains architectural design. Here’s what drives his passion, what challenges his vision and what you will see, and possibly live within, in the future.

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Trabeculae

Commissioned by D-Shape, an additive manufacturing company, ‘Trabeculae Series’ is an exploration towards creating new structural languages inspired by porous bone tissue; a biological manifesto celebrating lightness and functionality. Five household object typologies have been redefined by adapting, spoiling and training the structure. The generated meshwork reflects the stresses generated by the forces acting on each structure.

http://www.shiro-studio.com/trabeculae.php

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Rygo – Massive Cement Print

Cement, 84” tall
This 7-foot cement sculpture was built by D-Shape, courtesy of Dr. Enrico Dini, in 2012.
It was air freighted to Vancouver, where it spent a few months in a gallery. The signs on the floor in front of it read “Please do not climb on the sculpture.” This was at that time the only 3D print in North America to need that particular warning.
It’s now located at Gropps Gallery, also in Vancouver. I was able to visit in 2014, and I found it quite remarkable. I’ve seen many prints of my work, but this has a charisma all its own. The texture and material are like a gigantic shell, and like a scholar stone, and like nothing on Earth.
Also, it’s great to climb on. Completely solid, nice and grippy, and the top is comfortable to sit on. I recommend the experience.

Bathsheba Grossman ‏@BathshebaSculpt  8 Aug 2014
I visited this massive cement print, it’s at Vancouver.

 

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The Top 10 Biggest 3D Printers

Most people generally associate 3D printing with small size objects, the truth seems to be quite different. In fact, there seem to be two diametrically different concurrent trends in the industry. One is towards printing with the finest resolutions and the other is aimed at printing the largest sizes possible.