Performing high-end research on concrete printing
The goal of the TU/e 3D Concrete Printing (3DCP) research program is to establish concrete printing as a viable new method to manufacture concrete elements and buildings, and to fundamentally understand its processes. The research group operates and develops its own 3D Concrete Printing facility at the Department of the Built Environment. The research facilities consist of a large-scale gantry printer, as well as numerous large- and small-scale industrial robot arms. The research group has access to a wide range of (non-)destructive experimental facilities to characterize printable materials, as well as numerical tools to analyze the process and design printable structures.Read more
Our research themes
Functional and sustainable materials
Development of sustainable and (multi-)functional materials for additive manufacturing. This includes the continuous improvement of the 3D printing facility, to enable on-demand printing of graded concrete.
Structural design and optimization
Parametric modelling and structural optimization strategies are used to design efficient and (multi)functional structural elements with minimized material use. Optimization algorithms are improved to consider the possibilities and limits of the 3D printing technology and novel materials.
Various robotic reinforcement strategies are under development, which include the automatic entrainment of reinforcement cables, on-demand 3D printing of fiber reinforced mixtures, as well as the application of discrete reinforcement.
AI in construction
AI based decision-making strategies are integrated in the printing process, which (re)act upon both numerical modelling of the material behaviour (model-driven), as well as on-line non-destructive measurements and sensoring (data-driven).
Large scale valorization projects are realized in a triple or quadruple helix, showcasing the potential of 3D concrete printing for the built environment. Extensive structural testing is performed to prove compliance to safety regulations.
Meet some of our Researchers
Naomi van Hierden
Ricardo dos Santos Alferes Filho
Carolina Maciel Rangel
Sandra Simaria de Oliveira Lucas
Our most recent peer reviewed publications
Application potential of combining strain hardening cementitious composites and helical reinforcement for 3D concrete printed structuresJournal of Building Engineering (2023)
3D printing of an iron-rich slag based hybrid mortarCement and Concrete Composites (2023)
Automated image segmentation of 3D printed fibrous composite micro-structures using a neural networkConstruction and Building Materials (2023)
Multi-material components for a sustainable built environment: integration of design by topology optimisation and fabrication by 3D printing(2023)
Mechanical properties and self-sensing ability of graphene-mortar compositions with different water content for 3D printing applicationsMaterials Today: Proceedings (2022)