Begincolloquium – 3D Printing of Concrete Structures
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Begincolloquium Rob Wolfs
3D printing is one of the most promising developments of today. The current state of the technique already allows people to have a 3D printer at their homes for an affordable price. Progress goes rapidly: costs drop, new printable materials are being added and even multiple materials can be printed at once. The technique can be found in a wide range of applications: from furniture and jewellery to prostheses and cars. It can be stated that building industry in general is behind in this development. This may partly be due to the conservative approach of the construction world, but also due to the lack of a suitable design tool. The technology is available and so is both the equipment and printable material. What is left is an efficient method of combining these disciplines and linking them to a suitable print strategy.
This thesis aims to realize a parametric design method for 3D printed optimized concrete structures. The method will consist of an efficient link between the components shape, material, force and 3D printing technique. Doing so will result in an optimized tool path for the 3D printer. This tool can be used in practice and allows today’s construction technology to print efficient concrete structures.