ROBOTIC CONCRETE PRINTING

Prototyping Future Workshop

The current development of additive robotic manufacturing opens up a wide range of possibilities of digital fabrication. This workshop challenges on the development of large-scale building components by utilizing concrete material through the digitally controlled deposition techniques and robotic systems. As well as investigating different 3D printing strategies, this research demonstrates a computational workflow for the design and additive manufacturing of an object in combination with an industrial robotic arm and fabrication devices. The aim of this project is to push the existing technologies and explore the digital artisanship in architecture through the interweaving of material, information and robots.

The ability to control the hardening of concrete is essential in several applications such as slip forming, casting and extrusion systems and thus highly relevant for current solutions in the realm of digital fabrication. Hardening is directly related to the hydration/setting of cement as a consequence of the formation of hydration products. Its rate can be modified with chemical additives, called admixtures, which can act as set retarders or accelerators. In addition to interacting with the cement, they also do so among each other. Most often this represents an undesired outcome, but for the first time, we have been able to exploit this positively. In particular, we use it to control the setting of cementitious systems with two distinct material systems.

Project Credits: IDF | Yulin University of Science and Technology, TACO ABB.
This project was developed during one week called Robotic Concrete printing in IDF | Yulin University of Science and Technology, Taiwan.
Collaborators: Shih-Yuan Wang, Yu-Ting Sheng, Florian Frank, Georg Breitenberger, Yi-Chu Shih.
Team Members: Chang-You Lin, Chia-Huang Lee, Shu-Chuan Yao, Tse-Wei Lin, Yi-Chia Hsu, You-Wen Ji, Shinjirob Koyaman, ZongRu WU, Chung-An Huang, William Olman
Photo Credits: You-Wen Ji, Yi-Chia Hsu.

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