Here at 3D Rapid Print, we like to keep abreast of the latest innovations in 3D printing.

On November 30th 2019, “men’s magazine” GQ spoke of entrepreneur Nina Flohr’s plans to build a luxury resort that will be partially 3D printed with sand. (Nina Flohr is the daughter of Thomas Flohr, who is best known as the founder and chairman of global business aviation company VistaJet of Luqa, Malta.) Flohr responded by posting a photo on her Instagram feed of her watching her first 3D printing run, stating that it had been taken 2 and a half years ago. Named the Kisawa Sanctuary, its website describes it as “a combination of 12 one, two and three bedroom bungalows set across 300-hectares of private sanctuary beach, forest and sand dunes on Benguerra Island, Mozambique.” It is set to open in summer 2020.

However, details on how the resort will use 3D printing are scarce; its website only proclaims that the company has combined the work of Benguerra Island’s artisans with patented 3D printing technology. In October 2019, Condé Nast Traveler magazine ran a story going “Inside The World’s First 3D-Printed Retreat,” which stated that Kisawa would use what was referred to as “sand-and-seawater mortar.” (Condé Nast is not at all coincidentally the publisher of GQ magazine(!).) Despite the story on their website being dated November 25th, the oldest version in the Wayback Machine traces back to October 9th, with a version on the website MSN dated October 10th. On October 8th, Flohr posted a picture depicting what is almost certainly the CN Traveler story to her Instagram feed, proclaiming that the resort had been 5 years in the making. However, for reasons unknown the pictured story was headlined “This 3D-Printed Retreat Could Trigger A Rethink Of The Entire Industry.”

Examples of other 3D printed buildings include the DFAB House in Dübendorf, Switzerland. Opening in late February 2019, its website described it as “the world’s first inhabited “house” that was not only digitally planned, but also – with the help of robots and 3D printers – built largely digitally.” As another example, the world’s first 3D printed office building was unveiled in Dubai, United Arab Emirates in May 2016. It was built by 17 people in just 17 days, with Dubai’s media office estimating that its labour costs were half that of similar size buildings built via conventional means.

Flohr also intends to use Kisawa’s 3D printing technology at their non-profit arm the Bazaruto Center For Scientific Studies, with the aim of growing the local ecosystem’s coral reefs and marine habitats. (Bazaruto is an island located circa 50 miles (80km) southeast of the mouth of Mozambique’s Save River.)

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