Eindcolloquium – Niels Bartels & Tim Houben
Tijd: 11:00 - 12:30
Sluiting inschrijving: niet van toepassing
Structural optimization for 3D printing
Computational structural optimization techniques can be used to improve the material distribution of structures, which makes them structural and material efficient but also complex in shape. Manufacturing these kind of optimized structures is difficult and expensive with conventional techniques. However, upcoming manufacturing techniques, as 3D printing, make it possible to create computational optimized structures in the near future.
Within this graduation project, a structural optimization model for the optimization of complex shell structures is made, including the influence of manufacturting by a 3D (concrete) printer. Both Form Finding (for the global shape optimization) and Topology Optimization (for an optimized material distribution on a local level) are combined in a parametric model made in Grasshopper combined with Abaqus. Specific restrictions, following from 3D printing of concrete, are incorporated in the optimization model in order to create a printable shell structure. An actual proof of concept is made by the 3D concrete printer at the structural laboratory and will be presented during the colloquium.