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May 2, 2013 AT 3:00 am

DShape First Place Winner of the NYC Waterfront Construction Competition #3dthursday

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D-Space, the habitation/architectural-scale 3D printer, is having quite a year! From demonstrating that they can print houses in one shot to proposing how to print moon bases, they are now set to re-print New York’s coastline.

DShape Awarded First Place in the NYC Waterfront Construction Competition. Via the Fabbaloo Blog. From the NYCEDC:

Dshape ($50,000 First Place Winner) – DShape’s ‘Digital Concrete’ resolves a number of issues regarding the restoration of piers, piles and seawalls that populate New York’s waterfront.  By 3D scanning, then 3D printing concrete, one combines the best of precast and cast-in-place methods.  The advantages of quality control in fabricating off-site yet being able to closely fit the encasements, blocks or extensions to the surface that they are nestled into has a number of advantages, including lower costs, better quality control (thus longer life), lower labor mobilization and quicker delivery and installations.  Furthermore, there is a potential opportunity to rejuvenate the waterfront by letting artists leverage the total freedom of design to add an aesthetic touch without a significant added cost. Dshape estimates the potential cost savings to NYC by utilizing its technology across all 565 miles of shoreline to be $2.9 billion.

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