Additive Formwork for Concrete Shell Constructions

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Additive Manufacturing is rapidly developing in the area of concrete constructions. However, to date, several challenges still exist in terms of material and structural performance, which require further studies. In order to avoid such limitations, we research in the use of additive technologies to produce formwork for concrete construction elements to be applied in freeform shell structure. Specifically, this paper discusses early experiments conducted in the use of Fused Deposition Modelling to make shell components with unlimited curvature variation, high resolution and precision. Through design-driven experiments, we illustrate a viable workflow for the computational design of custom concrete panels, discuss material choices, and present a new manufacturing. In parallel with technical developments, discussion tectonic advancements enabled by this approach.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIASS 2019 Barcelona Symposium: Advanced Manufacturing and Non-conventional Materials
EditorsC. Lazaro, K. U. Bletzinger, E. Onate
PublisherInternational Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS)
Publication date7. Oct 2019
ISBN (Print)978-84-121101-0-4
Publication statusPublished - 7. Oct 2019
Event60th Anniversary Symposium of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 7. Oct 201910. Oct 2019


Conference60th Anniversary Symposium of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures
SeriesProceedings of IASS Annual Symposia


  • Additive Manufacturing
  • digital fabrication
  • formwork
  • digital concrete

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