XtreE & Seaboost Developing a 3D-Printed Artificial Coral Reef

Published by , April 13, 2018 9:19 am

(All3DP.com) XtreeE, the 3D printing service, has collaborated with Seaboost the marine life restoration company to develop a 3D printed artificial coral reef. This will be placed at the Calanques National Park in France for trial test. The 3D printed reef will accurately present the intricate and complex structures of a real coral reef and is based on 3D scans of existing reefs around the region. 3D printing may provide a sustainable solution to the current crisis of coral reef death globally.
XtreeE will likely use materials that mimic coral such as concrete and sand to print the structures. In order to ensure compatibility and uptake by fish, the materials will be sourced at location. Otherwise, the team may run in danger of species not recognizing the structure and thus avoiding it.

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