Enrico Dini Oversize 3D Printing

Introducing Enrico Dini and Monolite

As the global population rises faster each year, so does the number of challenges presented by limited resources for housing and infrastructure. Also racing out of control are the financial and ecological expenses involved in meeting the growing need for these human necessities. Monolite has developed the revolutionary technology to build reliable structures from park benches and bridges to two-story homes, with a process that requires limited manpower, uses abundant and environmentally safe materials, and operates with minimal expense.


Their Story

D-shape construction technology, often popularly referred to as “printing buildings”, employs stereo lithography in a 3-D printing process using a machine that resembles an enormous ink-jet printer. An architect designs his project using CAD 3D computer technology, which converts the project into a computer program that operates the D-shape’s printer head. This allows architects the opportunity to produce innovative designs free of the human error often involved in conventional construction methods. D-shape then materializes the architect’s creative vision using ordinary sand and a special inorganic binder that produces a building material indistinguishable from natural marble stone. The construction process only requires two men on site, and the production costs of D-shape structures are 30% -50% lower than those of conventional methods.


The Future

In addition to the benefits of using 100% environmentally friendly and readily available building materials, the applications for D-shape printing are almost limitless. D-shape printing is capable of creating everything from small furnishings for use in the public or private sphere, to implements that will revolutionize civil engineering and structural maintenance.

Monolite is quickly gaining global recognition for their technological achievement. The company recently won a New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) construction competition for presenting the most viable solution for maintaining the city’s invaluable waterfront infrastructure, and in the UK the European Space Agency (ESA) is considering using Monolite’s technology in plans for manufacturing fiscally feasible habitation on the moon.