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Concrete 3D Printing: Challenges and Opportunities for the Construction Industry

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Construction 3D printing holds great potential for pioneering a digital transformation in the construction industry. This automated construction technology is introduced in this chapter, and relevant developments and advancements are presented. Next, major existing challenges of widespread adoption of this technology by the construction industry are discussed in detail. These obstacles and areas of uncertainty include the structural performance of 3D-printed elements, concrete reinforcement, process reliability and limitations, and regulatory challenges. Finally, different application domains and new possibilities which could be realized by this new construction method are discussed in detail to provide a comprehensive overview of the extrusion-based concrete 3D printing technology and its implications for the future of the construction industry.

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  • 3D printing
  • Automated construction
  • Reinforcement
  • Regulations
  • Cementitious materials

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Kazemian, A., Seylabi, E., Ekenel, M. (2022). Concrete 3D Printing: Challenges and Opportunities for the Construction Industry. In: Ghaffar, S.H., Mullett, P., Pei, E., Roberts, J. (eds) Innovation in Construction. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-95798-8_12

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