Applications of additive manufacturing in construction and historic building restoration-rehabilitation

The term “Additive Manufacturing” is described as the layered production of parts from a 3Dfile. Over the past century, this technology has evolved from a implement tool forconventional product development into an independent production method. Where a shigh technology industries such as aerospace and medicine were already embraced additive manufacturing, structural engineering and architecture are lagging. Additive manufacturing has the potential to revolutionize the construction and restoration of historic buildings, with foresee able benefits including highly complex and efficient structures with the reduction in material use and wastage, stream lining and expedition of the design-build process, improved customization. However, there are also challenges and demands: a new way of thinking for design and verifications for stability and serviceability of printed elements, the cost, the need for well-educated engineers. In this dissertation, the current state of additive manufacturing in construction and historic building restoration/rehabilitation is reviewed as a combination of qualitative and quantitative-based studies. There search aims to give confidence to additive manufacturing applicability in these fields and stimulate further research.


Giornalista professionista della redazione di BIMportale, specializzato nel settore delle costruzioni, si occupa dai primi anni ’90 di tecnologie applicate alla progettazione e al cantiere. Ha all’attivo numerose pubblicazioni e collaborazioni con le principali testate di settore relative a tecniche costruttive, progettazione 3D, organizzazione e gestione dei processi di cantiere.

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