In this research paper a new methodology for 3D Printing concrete onto a temporary freeform surface is presented. One of the geometrical restrictions associated with printed paste materials such as concrete is that material must be self-supporting during printing. The paper explores the possibilities of printing on top of a temporary freeform surface in order to overcome this restriction. This is achieved by combining a flexible-mould developed at TU Delft with a 3-axis gantry printer provided at TU Eindhoven. A number of hypothetical cases are studied, namely fully-printing geometries or combining 3D printing with casting concrete. The final outcome is a 5m2 partially-printed and partially-cast shell structure, realized through a completely digital workflow using Grasshopper and Rhinoceros
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the IASS Annual Symposium 2017
EditorsAnette Bögle, Manfred Grohmann
Place of PublicationHamburg
Number of pages13
StatePublished - 2017
EventIASS Annual Symposium 2017 - Hamburg, Germany
Duration: 25 Sep 201728 Sep 2017


ConferenceIASS Annual Symposium 2017
Abbreviated titleIASS 2017
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