Rob Wolfs, Eindhoven University of Technology, will speak about “3D printing of sustainable concrete structures – From a black and white printer towards a colour printer” at the 3D Printing Materials Conference.
Concrete is worldwide used as one of the major construction materials, both in situ and prefabricated. It is cheap, fire resistant and durable. However, the costs of a typical concrete structures consist for about 50% on the formwork needed. Besides, the cement production is responsible for a serious part of the exhaust of greenhouse gasses worldwide. Printing of concrete structures saves on the costs, improves productivity and could above all seriously limit the environmental impact. This lecture explains the digital design of printed concrete structures, using evolutionary tools to minimize the amount of material needed. It also shows the development of a large scale concrete printer, able to print different types of concrete at the same time amongst structural – and innovative insulating types of concrete.
About Rob Wolfs
Rob Wolfs graduated in February 2015 at the Department of the Built Environment of the Eindhoven University of Technology. His graduation topic “3D printing of concrete structures” was rewarded with the ENCI study price. Highlighted areas of research during his studies are the use of textile moulds for the production of concrete elements, topological optimization of structures and magnetic orientation of steel fibers in concrete. Rob started his PhD project in April 2015. In the first phase, he was closely involved in the development of the 3D concrete printer at TU/e. The following years he will investigate the behaviour of printed concrete structures.
The faculty of the built environment of Eindhoven University of Technology houses a unique variety of disciplines in the design and construction of buildings, amongst architecture, building physics and structural design.