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Conserving Caribbean Oceans With 3D Printed Coral Reefs

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A report by Tess for 3ders.

While 3D printing trends may come and go, this one is sure to stick and could even help to renew life and save underwater ecosystems. The trend I am referring to is that of 3D printing coral, an effort which was first tried and tested by the Reef Design Lab (RDL), an Australian organization dedicated to finding new ways to save coral reefs. With the success of the 3D printed coral in places such as Monaco and Bahrain, another organization, this time based on the Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire, is following suit.

Bonaire, which has become known for its innovative efforts towards preserving and restoring the Caribbean’s threatened coral reefs, is hoping to introduce 3D printed coral into the region to help replenish the fragile ecosystems which are being depleted by global warming. The 3D printing coral project itself is an initiative…

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