PROJECT: ARTIFICIAL REEF
OUR JOB: PRINTABLE DESIGN, ENGINEERING, & CONSTRUCTION
PRINTING TIME: 30 MIN
DELIVERED: Q3 2018
An artificial reef is a man-made underwater structure, typically built to promote marine life in areas with a generally featureless bottom, to control erosion, block ship passage, block the use of trawling nets, or improve surfing. Artificial reefs can show quick increases in local fish population rehabilitation, coral reef, and algae growth.
Artificial reefs can be used for various purposes for example to prevent coastal erosion or to force waves to deposit their energy offshore rather than directly on the coastline. Other reefs are designed to hold sediment on beaches. The elements for this project were designed to develop the resilience of mangrove and coral ecosystems, mitigating the effects of the ocean swell.
The effects of climate change on marine ecosystems and coastal areas raises a number of technical, ecological and human challenges. When using 3D printing as a production method for these elements, every unit made can have different features than the others without the need for different molds, therefore increasing the diversity of habitat and richness of species on the reef.