Enhancing Complex Geometry in Concrete Construction through Additive Formwork

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Abstract

In the era where the construction industry urges a paradigm shift towards more sustainable and efficient building solutions, the paper describes the design scenarios opened by the use of 3D printed reusable formworks in the production of bespoke building scale concrete elements as a solution to the formal and technical limitations of the conventional manufacturing processes. Combining the latest advances in computational design and Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) 3D printing technology, the paper presents and discusses an exploration and assessment of the higher design freedom given by the use of Additive Formwork for architecture through an experimental setup, where the design and fabrication of a series of morphologically diverse concrete panels were carried out. In the first phase, it is presented as an explorative design strategy that translates into multiple outputs with distinct and complementary features, within the characteristics of the manufacturing process and with high-precision control over section, curvature, inclination and detailing. The results prove that combining 3D printing and concrete is a viable fabrication technique for bespoke elements, opening to unexplored and more efficient design solutions that aim at optimizing the environmental quality of the built environment, reducing material consumption, the waste of resources, and, in turn, carbon emissions.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2020
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event3rd International Conference on Parallelism in Architecture, Engineering and Computing Techniques - Online
Duration: 7. Oct 20209. Oct 2020

Conference

Conference3rd International Conference on Parallelism in Architecture, Engineering and Computing Techniques
LocationOnline
Period07/10/202009/10/2020

Keywords

  • Additive Formwork
  • UHPFRC
  • Design for Manufacture
  • High-resolution textures
  • Geometric Analysis

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