The underwater city of Callebaut is to re-experience the potential of additive production and the related fields of application and development
Among the various fields of application of 3D printers, the best known are the health, food and, of course, the construction sector. The latter is the subject of a further interesting and incredible development, by Vincent Callebaut.
The well-known Belgian ecological architect has indeed conceived the underwater city to be built with 3D printers, or Aequorea, born from his commitment to recycle the (purified) waste recovered in the seas to transform them into a three-dimensional raw material.
The marine metropolis, hypothetically located near the coasts of Rio de Janeiro, is characterized by buildings that reach even a thousand meters deep, and takes its name from a species of Hydrozoan of the Aequoreidae family, the Aequorea victoria, that is a traceable bioluminescent jellyfish on the ocean side west of North America.
Callebaut demonstrates that thanks to 3D printers it is possible to design the cities of the future. The houses and buildings of Aequorea, or 1000 domes of 500 meters in diameter, could indeed be made of Algoplast, a compound created by the union of plastic waste and algae. In each dome there would be co-working spaces, recycling facilities, sports fields, scientific laboratories, educational facilities and much more.
The so-called seventh continent (the mammoth mass of rubbish and waste that has been invading the Pacific Ocean for some time now) could thus be used profitably, through the growing 3D printing industry - its potential as well as application fields - in order to fight a of the worst forms and manifestations of pollution today.
3D printing, (as analyzed above and where we will return later), in addition to being used to create design elements, both for interiors and exteriors, is increasingly used in the building sector and is managing to revolutionize more and more every industrial and production process.
Thanks to this innovative machine it is in fact possible to create virtually any object. From the smallest and simplest to the largest, finished and processed.
This allows us to give shape to practically everything: from objects whose function is predominantly aesthetic to precious instruments in the field of medicine and / or food, up to what is most indispensable in the world: a home.
These are buildings whose design and construction is partially, or wholly, related to 3D printing, reducing costs, time and waste. Although it may seem like science fiction, it is reality: the houses of the future are already here. Through specific printers, able to give shape and real homes, it is now possible to exploit additive production precisely to build residential complexes and public facilities.
To do this, materials (and raw materials) that are readily available in nature are best used. Often and willingly they are considered "waste", or they are real waste, but everything, as Callebaut also pointed out with Aequorea, can be recycled, adapting it to the needs of the building, to be reused in the field of avant-garde building and devoted to environmental protection.