Innovation is not just using rock as a printing material, but also using locally sourced materials and natural and environmentally friendly, non-polluting binders.
Marbles, stones, sands, aggregates in granules consolidate thanks to our formulation, of which we have registered the patent, which includes only natural inorganic materials and which can replace the use of Portland cements.
How does it work?
Frequently asked questions
Did we arouse your curiosity?
Please, read the answers to frequently asked questions about 3D mineral printing.
How do you "dig" the rock?
We do not sculpt the rock but we create it layer by layer with a process called additive manufacturing, commonly known as 3D printing. This new production technology generates and adds successive layers of material, gradually giving shape to the object. It differs from the “traditional” production technologies, which work by subtraction from the full.
What kind of technology do you use?
The additive manufacturing developed, produced and used by Desamanera is a powder waterjet, an indirect 3D printing technology.
On our Youtube channel you will see some videos representative of the printing process.
What kind of resin you use as a binder?
Our printing process does not use glue or artificial resin. The binder is composed of natural elements which through a chemical/physical reaction bind the grains of stone. These materials cause no pollution, they are eco-friendly and if disposed, they are not classified as special waste.
What is the resistance of the printed rock over time?
The scientific authorities we work with certified the characteristics of our printed material as an excellent cement, like the most commonly used cement on the market.
As a further proof, the prints made from the first commissioning of the printer (and the numerous tests, both internal and at the University of Padua) highlight the resistance of the printed mineral to time, wear and typical continental and Mediterranean climatic conditions.
What are the minimum and maximum print size?
Our technology has been designed and implemented to produce big objects: the prints are completely customizable, from a few dozen cm onwards, with no height limit. Minimum dimensions and thicknesses depend very much on the shape of the object to be made. For this reason, we need the digital model to determine the feasibility of every object.
What materials are available for printing? Is it possible to use a specific stone?
Our printing technologies allow the use of aggregates: marbles, sands, stones, …
If you want to use a particular type of mineral, tell us: we will evaluate the possibility of testing its performance. Alternatively, tell us about the features you would like to refer to, such as color or a specific aesthetic or performance requirement: our experts will tell you the most suitable Mineral.
What does it take to print my product?
In order to print we need a digital file in .stl format depicting the object to be made.
We take care of performing a feasibility analysis before printing, indicating any problems and proposing changes to the file so that the model has the characteristics necessary to be “printable”.
How can I get a quote?
Fill out the contact form or send us an email with the following material:
- A digital drawing of the object to be made, preferably in .stl format. If at the moment it is not available, we will be able to start with some images in which shape, dimensions and proportions are clearly visible, from all sides. We remind you that in any case, in order to eventually proceed with printing, you will need a digital file in .stl format.
- The description or some images representative of the desired external appearance, for example type of mineral, color, texture (smooth, shiny, rough, …).
- Further indications: the print will be subject to stresses, movements, high temperatures, frictions. Sometimes, the overall project description can help us identify any performance need.
With these information we will formulate the feasibility analysis and will contact you within a few days.