3D Printed Concrete Block with Steel Reinforcements

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Northern Kentucky University
"A few years back a 3D printer was used in the construction of a structure. This brings into play the materials that the 3D printer will use to be able to make the structure. The printer that is going to be used is of a large-scale. The 3D printer will be performing the act of making a concrete cinder block that will have steel reinforcements. To be able to do this it will be a combination of a 3D printer and a 3D welder. The first step is to figure out the dimensions and coding that is needed to combine the two together. Once the sample fabrication of the concrete cinder block with reinforcements is made there will be test done to determine the fabrications mechanical properties. The reason for the 3D printed concrete block with reinforcements is because new research is needed for sustainable and affordable housing."
2020 Celebration of Student Research and Creativity presentation
Three-dimensional printing, Welding Automation, Concrete blocks