- On 12th August 2019
- In General, Research and Development
- By Luke
Exo Environmental have recently purchased a state of the art 3D printer! The aim behind the purchase is mainly for use with our GeoBlock research and development. It allows us to create different shaped moulds (surface textures) like the one pictured above.
Each GeoBlock can be moulded into a different shape featuring characteristic indentations specific to each water body. This not only improves the stabilisation process but also provides unique habitat opportunities such as rock pools or cavities, a process called eco-engineering.
In addition to moulds, we’ve been using the 3D printer to test future designs for the GeoBlocks and marketing material also. This ranges from small 3x3cm GeoBlock models, to QR codes and more!
From an environmental perspective, we originally had to send off our designs to then be printed and individually delivered to our office. Therefore, buying the 3D printer has allowed us to cut out the constant deliveries and limit it to purely ordering filament in bulk. All of our moulds are reusable and we are also putting time and effort into each 3D model we print to make sure we aren’t wasting any material, or printing unnecessarily.
Rapid prototyping allows us to move forward with our GeoBlock research and development at a much quicker pace than we were able to previously! To keep up to date with our 3D printing and research and development follow us on Facebook or Twitter.
Or click here for more information on: GeoBlock.