Tailormade Concrete Structures with the use of Digital Fabrication and Self Compacting Concrete

Thomas Juul Andersen

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Tailormade Concrete Structures with the use of Digital Fabrication and Self Compacting Concrete

Article by Thomas Juul Andersen and Tine Aarre featured at Nordic Concrete Research Symposium in Tampere, 29 May - 2 June 2011 

Abstract

August 2009 a huge European project under FP7 was launched called New Industrial Technologies for Tailor-made Concrete Structures at mass customized Prices (acronym: TailorCrete). The research and development within the project introduces a radically new concept of producing unique, tailor-made concrete structures with complex geometries using an industrialized and cost-effective approach based on robots, ICT and advanced concrete technology. The innovative aspect is to produce formwork and reinforcement for concrete directly from the architects 3D CAD drawings, and thereby allow new and front-end architecture in normal housing with no extra costs for the citizen.

Keywords: Digital architecture, digital fabrication, self compacting concrete, robot technology, non-standardized formwork, reinforcement.