Top 5 Videos: 3D Printed Coral Reefs Promote Marine Biodiversity

Published on February 4, 2024 by Isaac B.
3D Printed Coral in the spotlight

Welcome to this week’s top 5 most compelling 3D printing videos. We kick off this week’s edition with our very own video, covering how some companies are fighting to prevent the extinction of coral reefs through 3D printing technology. Moving forward, we explore the use of 3D printing in construction, particularly for the production of concrete culverts and for transportation. In the third spotlight, we observe a taste test conducted by players of the Crystal Palace soccer team, seeing whether they can distinguish between real beef and 3D printed beef. Next, we’re presented with an in-depth look at projects led by the Texas-based company, ICON, unveiling their aspirations to establish dominance in the 3D-printed housing industry. Lastly, we finish with a wholesome video by user Morphiz, detailing how artists can breathe life into their artwork by scanning and 3D printing their art into captivating sculptures. Let’s get started!

Top 1: 3D Printed Coral Reefs Conservation

First up, we present our own video, showcasing initiatives that serve to prevent the extinction of coral reefs. Highly endangered, these reefs stand as some of the planet’s most ancient and diverse ecosystems, yet face imminent threats from climate change and local stressors. In this exploration, we shed light on innovative approaches, such as archiREEF’s 3D printed terracotta reefs in Hong Kong and Ørsted and the WWF’s collaborative deployment of 50 3D printed reef structures in the North Sea.

Top 2: 3D Printing in Construction and Transportation

Our next video investigates the application of 3D printing technology in the construction industry, specifically focusing on the production of concrete culverts. The presenter, Alireza Hasani from the University of North Dakota, discusses the challenges and requirements associated with implementing concrete 3D printing technology in construction. Hasani shares insights from his recent construction work, highlighting specifications of 3D printed concrete pipes and emphasizing the potential practical applications of 3D printing technology in the field of transportation.

Top 3″ Real Beef Taste-Test Challenge with Crystal Palace

We continue with a video featuring members of the Crystal Palace football team as they take on a taste-test challenge to determine whether they can distinguish between real beef and 3D printed beef. The chef introduces plant-based options, including a 3D printed flank steak, to be served alongside traditional beef dishes in the 2010 Lounge at the stadium. Watch below to see how the players gauge these beefs!

Top 4: ICON’s Goals for 3D Printed Housing Dominance on Earth and the Moon

In this video by Real Ezy, we’re presented with an overview of projects by Icon, the Austin-based 3D printing construction company. With over $260 million raised since its establishment in 2017, ICON not only aspires to produce the world’s largest 3D-printed homes but also has its sights set on 3D printing homes on the Moon. This video dives deep into ICON’s ambitious goals for the future, and provides insights into how they plan to achieve their vision.

Top 5: From Paper to Sculptures – 3D Printing Home Drawings

We wrap up our top 5 list with an inspiring video by Morphiz, demonstrating the process of transforming children’s paintings and drawings into captivating sculptures through scanning and 3D printing. This heartwarming showcase reveals how both young artists and adults alike can bring their artwork to life using 3D printing technology.

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