Above: Photos courtesy of WWF Netherlands and Rob Aarsen

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Above: Concept sketches by Alex Goad

 

 

 

Large Scale 3D Printed Reefs for the North Sea

For the 3D printed MARS system go to - http://www.alex-goad.com/mars/

RDL worked with the WWF Netherlands to design a range of reef units that were placed on the seabed of the North Sea as part of their larger oyster reef restoration project. The units were 3D printed in Rotterdam using D-Shape technology by Boskalis. 50 units were manufactured in sizes ranging from 50cm high to 120cm high and will be monitored over the coming years. This will be one of the largest research based projects assessing the effectiveness of the material and technology. 

Above: One of the smaller 3D printed units is inspected by a diver in the North Sea 6 months after deployment. Photo by  Rob Aarsen

Above: One of the smaller 3D printed units is inspected by a diver in the North Sea 6 months after deployment. Photo by Rob Aarsen

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