Feb.16, 2012

"The Man Who Prints Houses" is a upcoming film about a genius in the 3d printing world who intents on changing the world forever.

enrico-dini-d-shape-3d-printer-printing-buildingEnrico Dini is the man who prints houses. He is an Italian inventor who has developed a new construction technique based on the principle of 3D printing. His largest 3D printer in the world - can build 3D objects from sand and a binding agent.

The film follows Enrico from his ambitious business ideas, to financial problems and struggles in his family life. It shows some of his innovative projects: constructing the tallest printed sculpture in existence, working with Foster + Partners and the European Space Agency on a programme to colonise the moon, solidifying a sand dune in the desert, and printing the closest thing to an actual house: a small Italian dwelling known as a trullo.


Enrico Dini's D-shape 3D printer is a large aluminium gantry structure, which uses CAM software to drive a huge print head during the building process. It can print buildings - at least the most parts of it - on site with much less manpower needed for construction. It deposits sand followed by an inorganic binding material. Excess material acts as a support to the binded structure and when the print is finished the excess material can be removed and reused. This process has low maintenance costs and no water is used since the component parts are 'mixed' when they meet outside of the inkjet nozzles.

Enrico dreamt of building objects with impossible shapes. With his D-Shape 3D printer they could make previous impossible forms. His largest structure "the Radiolaria", is a 2m tall sculpture inspired by the architect Andrea Morgante. It took him ten days to print the structure. A full scale of 8.5m high version of the Radiolaria has been installed in Pontedera Italy.



Watch trailer of The Man Who Prints Houses after the jump.

image credit: Enrico Dini

Source: boingboing & develop3d

Posted in 3D Printers


Maybe you also like:

nanoboxboooom2534 wrote at 10/22/2013 1:27:14 AM:

woooow i soo wish to see more i just soo love it

Leave a comment:

Your Name:


Subscribe us to

3ders.org Feeds 3ders.org twitter 3ders.org facebook   

About 3Ders.org

3Ders.org provides the latest news about 3D printing technology and 3D printers. We are now seven years old and have around 1.5 million unique visitors per month.

News Archive