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Designing a 3d printer that can create a coral reef type structure

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Here will be some links posted on current technology happening around the world to help in coral reef preservation and reclamation

Building a machine that is able to create a structure is already available, there are several types of large scale concrete printer as an example. What is needed is to define the components first then tailor the machine build to fit these requirements

Material to be used:

overall size

estimated volume of material per print

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This post is a great resource for information on the concept. Getting the company to share information on the material used will be a challange but again the overall ingredient is

calcium carbonate

This is a different approach to the printing method using jetted water 

https://www.coastruction.com/how-it-works

This is a simular method to clay printing head assembly. The tube is filled and a screw presses the material out like a french press It's a pretty cool design

 

 

There is a lot of research going on here, also a print head design example 

https://www.archdaily.com/947495/rethinking-artificial-reef-structures-through-3d-clay-printing

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https://www.researchgate.net/project/Artificial-Reef-3D-Printing-for-Atlantic-Area-3DPARE

https://www.bcn3d.com/artificial-reefs-at-sustainable-oceans-international/

https://www.freethink.com/environment/artificial-coral-reefs

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This post is a great resource for information on the concept. Getting the company to share information on the material used will be a challange but again the overall ingredient is

calcium carbonate

This is a different approach to the printing method using jetted water 

https://www.coastruction.com/how-it-works

This is a simular method to clay printing head assembly. The tube is filled and a screw presses the material out like a french press It's a pretty cool design

 

 

There is a lot of research going on here, also a print head design example 

https://www.archdaily.com/947495/rethinking-artificial-reef-structures-through-3d-clay-printing

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https://www.researchgate.net/project/Artificial-Reef-3D-Printing-for-Atlantic-Area-3DPARE

https://www.bcn3d.com/artificial-reefs-at-sustainable-oceans-international/

https://www.freethink.com/environment/artificial-coral-reefs


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Getting the frame assembled

 

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Making it up as I go along


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starting to make sense 


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Moving along. The idea is to get a loose build to get some specific dimensions and then transfer all to a cad design

a parts list should be included if the build is productive. What that means is I have several builds and not all have made it to operations. It's mainly taking an idea and turning it into a finished product. The journey

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almost     z screws and motors. will start placing the duet3 and power supply .

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Making progress on the mud pump. 3d printed the screw and it is pretty solid. Of course attaching a motor and moving the media will be the real challenge. With the cura program the parts can be scaled larger. i expect to try something like 5in after i get this tested. The objective is to use a hardware store available PVC pipe as the casing, this will remove alot of printing time and allow for alot of options


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