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Release date- 06062014 - Arup engineers are pushing the boundaries of 3D printing to take the technology firmly into the realm of real-world, hard hat construction.
Using the latest 3D printing techniques, or more accurately, 'additive manufacturing' - the Arup team has produced a design method for critical structural steel elements for use in complex projects.
The work signals a whole new direction for the use of additive manufacturing in the field of construction and engineering. The research also shows that additive manufacturing has the potential to reduce costs, cut waste and slash the carbon footprint of the construction sector.
We created a redesign of a steel node for a light weight structure using additive manufacturing. Arup has a lot of experience with these kind of structures, for example the tensegrity structure of the
'By using additive manufacturing we can create lots of complex individually designed pieces far more efficiently. This has tremendous implications for reducing costs and cutting waste. But most importantly, this approach potentially enables a very sophisticated design, without the need to simplify the design in a later stage to lower costs.'
Salome Galjaard, Team Leader, Arup
Arup funded the development work and collaborated with a number of partners to realise the designs, including
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