3-Dimensional Construction Printing: Materials and Robotics
This project is intended to development the technologies needed for three-dimensional (3D) printing of concrete constructions. This highly interdisciplinary research endeavor will draw on expertise in additive manufacturing, construction, materials science, and robotics to develop the key elements of 3D construction printing. The project will study and design concrete mixtures suitable for layer by layer construction printing and also design a mobile and reconfigurable robot for large scale 3D construction printing.
The technologies developed in this project can be used to address the insufficient and inappropriate housing conditions in Canada's northern and Indigenous communities and also the infrastructure needed to combat the frequent flooding in many parts of Canada due to the fast-changing weather patterns. The project will help to position Canada as a leader in 3D construction printing technology and train engineers and students with multi-disciplinary skills and expertise in the latest technological advances in the construction industry.