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EWN Additive Manufacturing

Incorporating nature-inspired designs into coastal infrastructure can provide maximum resilience, as well as economic, environmental and social benefits. However, doing so has been difficult because of constraints in traditional manufacturing.

Rapid advancements in additive manufacturing and pioneering research by the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) have opened new possibilities. Looking to capitalize, a team at ERDC is studying how 3D-printing can create geometrically complex structures needed to mimic nature.

As an added first-time innovation, this Engineering With Nature® project beneficially uses dredged material as feedstock for the printers.

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