5-7 December 2018 - Hong Kong, China

CONFERENCE PAPERS

Ninth International Conference on Advances in Steel Structures (ICASS 2018)


Opportunities for metal 3D printing in structural engineering

 

Leroy Gardner 1,2, Craig Buchanan 1,2 and Wing Wan 1

1  Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Imperial College London, London, UK

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2 Data Centric Engineering Programme, Alan Turing Institute, London, UK

DOI:10.18057/ICASS2018.K.03

ABSTRACT:

3D printing, more formally known as additive manufacturing (AM), has the potential to revolutionise the construction industry, with anticipated benefits including greater structural efficiency, reduced material consumption and wastage, streamlining and expedition of the design-build process, enhanced customisation, greater architectural freedom and improved accuracy and safety on-site. Unlike traditional manufacturing methods for construction products, metal 3D printing offers ready opportunities to create non-prismatic sections, internal stiffening, openings, functionally graded elements, variable microstructures and mechanical properties through controlled heating and cooling and thermally-induced prestressing. It is envisaged that AM will complement, rather than replace, conventional production processes, with clear potential for hybrid solutions and structural strengthening and repairs. These opportunities are explored in this paper, along with early applications of metal additive manufacturing in the construction industry and other engineering disciplines.

Keywords:

3D printing; Additive manufacturing; Applications; Metal; Review; Structural engineering

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IMPORTANT DATES

First call for paper:
1 January 2018
Abstract submission: (CLOSED)
1 April 2018
Notification of abstract acceptance:
on or before 16 April 2018 
Full paper submission: 
15 July 2018
Online Registration Begins:
1 August 2018
Notification of full paper acceptance:
31 August 2018
Early bird registration:
on or before 7 September 2018
Online Registration Closes:
31 October 2018
Announcement of programme:
1 November 2018
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