3D-printed sand sculpture unveiled in Saudi Arabia

Not only is it the largest sand-printed installation to date, it’s also entirely sustainable
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3D-printed sand sculpture unveiled in Saudi Arabia

Taking building sandcastles to a whole new level is Saudi Arabia’s latest installation.

Aptly dubbed Sandwaves, the sustainable installation is made from one of Saudi Arabia’s most abundant raw materials (surprise, it’s sand) by architects Chris Precht and Arthur Mamou-Mani.

Fusing sand and furan resin, the architects used 3D printing technology to create 58 individual elements weaved together to form a continuous ribbon, making Sandwaves the "largest sand-printed installation to date".

Both Precht and Mamou-Mani hope the structure demonstrates "the kind of innovation that is needed for our time" in the building industry, and how nature and technology can work harmoniously together.

"We both believe in the cradle-to-cradle approach to design, using materials that can go back to their natural state, leaving no trace," Mamou-Mani said.

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