Fused Deposition Modelling Formworks for Complex Concrete Constructions

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Concrete is undoubtedly the most employed material in constructions. In principle it allows to build complex architecture, where form can be for the realization of complex shapes. However, the biggest limitation of its use is explained by the demanding process needed to create free-form casts, it often limits its potential to obvious geometries. With the aim of overcoming current limitations, this paper explores the use of additive manufacturing to create formworks for concrete elements. The case study of a complex column is here utilized in order to develop an approach for advanced molds, where pressure levels, fluid dynamics of concrete and disassembly are integrative part of the design process. In conclusion are presented recommendations for further development at larger scale.

Digital concrete, Casting, Additive Manufacturing, Digital Fabrication, Construction Method
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSIGraDi 2018, XXII Congress of the Iberoamerican Society of Digital Graphics
Number of pages8
Place of PublicationSao Carlos
Publication dateNov 2018
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2018
SeriesBlucher Design Proceedings


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