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Enrico Dini

© photo Foster + Partners/ESA
Enrico Dini is a pioneer in the field of 3D printing. The Italian, whose genius and drive are touchingly portrayed in the recently released documentary The Man Who Prints Houses, continues his quest to revolutionise the way we view construction. 

Border Sessions 2013 - Thu, 14 Nov 2013

Building a lunar base with 3D printing

Take the innovative minds of the European Space Agency (ESA) and add the brilliance of a 3D printing pioneer. What you get is literally out of this world.

Setting up shop on the moon is not a piece of cake. The huge costs of material transport from the Earth to locations in outer space, as well as the need to shield astronauts from cosmic radiations and micrometeoroids, are two major hurdles when it comes to establishing a lunar base.

ESA has teamed up with a number of industrial partners including renowned architects Foster + Partners to test the feasibility of 3D-printed lunar bases made of locally available ‘moon materials’.

Border Sessions 2013 - Thu, 14 Nov 2013

Petrified Algorithms - Printing Artificial Reefs

D-Shape, Enrico Dini's revolutionary 3D printer, has been used in the past to print The Radiolaria, the first building stone-like structure of its kind. Today, he is committed to the development of 'maritime' printer suited to print artificial reefs for coral protection, direct on-site digging and shaping sand from the sea.