In this day and age, 3D printers are slowly yet surely gaining ground when it comes to their usage in industrial production. Every day, you hear news on how their usage is impacting the way we look at printing in totality. They come in various shapes and sizes, depending on the type of output they produce. But do you know which is the world’s largest 3D printer and who created it?
D-Shape and Dini - An awesome couple
Calling D-Shape just a 3D printer may be an understatement. It’s indeed a technological masterpiece invented by Enrico Dini, a robotcist-turned engineer and designer, who has devoted his entire life in search of his lifelong dream to standardize 3D printing as a building technology. Just like other 3D printers, D-Shape also works on additive manufacturing, i.e., adding materials layer by layer. It places layers of sand on top of each other, and uses glue or binder to hold the structure together. A magnesium-based solution is employed to bind the layers together. Having successfully gone through the testing phase, this printer is now capable of producing full-size sandstone buildings without any human intervention whatsoever. Till date it’s used in small scale manufacturing and its creator has grander plans in mind.
Price Dini paid to see the project through
Having created this printer from scratch, there’s obviously no shortage of work offers for Dini. It is fair to say that the hardships that this Italian genius faced in making it are truly giving rich dividends to him. However, Dini had to pay a lot to make this project a success. In fact, he had to do away with his entire personal life to make his lifelong vision reach a certain distance. To start with, he had to do away with his investments to see his project through. His wife and his younger son left him in the turn of events that also saw his business bite the dust. Yet these so called hurdles didn’t dither him from his ultimate goal, on the contrary he made sure that his decisions didn’t go in vain; rest of-course is history.
Moon: The next destination of D-Shape
It is commonly said that sky is the limit, but for D-Shape, moon may be the next destination. Dini is indeed in talks with the European Space Agency and if they reach an amiable threshold, he might create a version of this printer that could use lunar dust to build structures on the surface of our only natural satellite. Until Enrico Dini takes D-Shape to moon and beyond, get to know more about Enrico Dini from the documentary entitled “The Man Who Prints Houses” as he delves into changing the way buildings will be constructed in the near future.