Developments in construction-scale additive manufacturing processes

Lim, S.; Buswell, R. A.; Le, T. T.; Austin, S. A.; Gibb, A. G. F. and Thorpe, T. (2012). Developments in construction-scale additive manufacturing processes. Automation in Construction, 21(1) pp. 262–268.



Additive manufacturing in construction is beginning to move from an architect's modelling tool to delivering full-scale architectural components and elements of buildings such as walls and facades. This paper discusses large-scale additive manufacturing processes that have been applied in the construction and architecture arena and focuses on ‘Concrete Printing’, an automated extrusion based process. The wet properties of the material are critical to the success of manufacture and a number of new criteria have been developed to classify these process specific parameters. These criteria are introduced and key challenges that face construction scale additive manufacturing are presented.

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  • Item ORO ID
  • 37884
  • Item Type
  • Journal Item
  • ISSN
  • 0926-5805
  • Project Funding Details
  • Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
    Freeform Construction: Mega-scale Rapid Manufacturing for ConstructionEP/E002323/1IMCRC/EPSRC
  • Keywords
  • concrete printing; construction automation; digital fabrication; freeform construction; additive manufacturing
  • Academic Unit or School
  • Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
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  • © 2013 Elsevier B.V.
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  • Depositing User
  • Sungwoo Lim