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Additive Formwork for High-Resolution Concrete Construction


Through the combination of computational design logics and the flexibility of Additive Manufacturing, this experimental work exploits unreached levels of customization for the most used material in constructions.

The lack of detail in existing formworks confines concrete architecture to passively inherit the features of moulding materials such as wood. This work utilizes computational processes to actively characterize a further design dimension, the one of texturing, which is informed by performative and morphological features.

The fabrication process involves the use of large scale Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) and upcycled plastic waste to shape additively formworks that have highly unique morphological features: multi-scale curvature, variable sections, topological discontinuity, sharp/smooth edges. High-precision 3D scanning is utilized to evaluate the precision and repeatability, with average deviations smaller than 2 millimetres.

Ultimately, the project demonstrates the unique possibilities of producing high-resolution and high-precision concrete panels for indoor and outdoor applications, with the use of reusable formwork made of upcycled plastic material.


Printer: WASP 3MT - 1000 x 1000 x 1200 mm

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Roberto Naboni

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Last Updated 05.10.2020