Melting 2.0

Erin Hunt, Shelby Elizabeth Doyle

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This project investigated computational design and fabrication methods for locating standard steel reinforcement within 3D printed water-soluble PVA formwork to create non-standard concrete columns. Each column is eight-inches in diameter and hour feet tall and reinforced with five standard #3 reinforcement bars. Methods from the prior fabrication investigations were adapted for larger-scale construction including the introduction of the tool head with the 1.2 mm nozzle. The Woven column design advances the research presented in Dissolvable 3D Printed Formwork using a new and larger nozzle for desktop scale fabrication. The aforementioned HS+ tool head reduced printing time ant this design explore how geometry can be used to mask the location of the standard reinforcement through the appearance of woven “strands” of concrete. Additionally, the design removes any interior concrete that is not necessary to provide minimum rebar coverage, reducing the material used. Initial research plan
Original languageEnglish
StatePublished - 2020


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