Coral reefs are great touristic point of interest, but they also protect coastlines from storms and erosion, are source of food and provide jobs. They are facing serious threats from rapid climate change and might disappear by 2050. It is crucial to protect them, but we also have to restore them. The methods used for coral restoration include sinking old ships and other metal waste, structures made of concrete or other artificial materials and are all lacking the 3D complexity of a natural reef. 3D printing allows using natural materials and emulating the 3D complexity of natural reefs while maintaining short printing time and low material consumption.
- Emulating natural reef complexity
- Natural materials
- High production speed at low material consumption
Applications and Opportunities
- Reef restoration