The possibility of using digital processes to develop and deploy individual, prototypical and shape-optimized structures motivates architects to explore the use of Additive Manufacturing (AM) and its formal and structural capabilities. Although the AM with materials like polymers and
concrete have been intensively explored, these results cannot be directly transferred to other traditional contruction materials like ceramics because of a different physical behavior. This paper proposes to explore formal and mechanical properties of ceramics in order to improve its structural
performance for innovative applications in architecture. Furthermore, structurally efficient cellular configurations are investigated due to its resource performance. Case-studies are presented in order to re-interpret them in analog 3D-printed structures, so called ‘structured materials’
in nature (namely honeycomb-like, foam-like, sandwich panels). After the analysis of the case-studies, the methodology involves computational models in order to achieve a family of customized possible design solutions. With the digital workflow this research attempts to optimize the final
designs by reducing material and weight, while increasing structural integrity.
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RWTH Aachen University, Faculty of Architecture, Chair of Structures and Structural Design Schinkelstraße 1, 52062 Aachen, Germany, Email: [email protected]
RWTH Aachen University, Faculty of Architecture, Chair of Structures and Structural Design Schinkelstraße 1, 52062 Aachen, Germany
October 7, 2019
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