On the Question of Mix Composition Selection for Construction 3D Printing


Article Preview

Due to its novelty, futuristic appearance of created forms, a vivid contrast with a conventional image of a construction site, construction 3D printing attracts attention of a wide audience. Specialists see it as affording significant possibilities for saving all kinds of resources, reducing construction time, giving possibility to implement progressive design solutions, but they also see serious problems, such as: an immature general concept of development of additive technologies, a limited range and high cost of consumables, lack of methods for development of new compositions and lack of experience in application of such methods as a result. The paper analyzes links between the process factors and properties of molding components; principles of their practical implementation are proposed. Special attention is given to the issues in assessment of construction printability of newly-developed compositions.



Edited by:

Dr. Denis Solovev




M.Y. Elistratkin et al., "On the Question of Mix Composition Selection for Construction 3D Printing", Materials Science Forum, Vol. 945, pp. 218-225, 2019

Online since:

February 2019




[1] Paritala, P.K., Manchikatla, S., Yarlagadda, P.K.D.V. Digital Manufacturing- Applications Past, Current, and Future Trends. Procedia Engineering. 174 (2017) 982-991.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.proeng.2017.01.250

[2] Hager, I., Golonka, A., Putanowicz, R. 3D Printing of Buildings and Building Components as the Future of Sustainable Construction? Procedia Engineering. 151 (2016) 292-299.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.proeng.2016.07.357

[3] Sobotka, A., Pacewicz, K. Building Site Organization with 3D Technology in Use. Procedia Engineering. 161 (2016) 407-413.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.proeng.2016.08.582

[4] Nematollahi B., Xia M., Sanjayan J. Current progress of 3D concrete printing technologies ISARC 2017 - Proceedings of the 34th International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction. (2017) 260-267.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.22260/isarc2017/0035

[5] Nadiv R., Peled A., Mechtcherine V., Hempel S., Nicke D., Schroefl C. (2018) Improved Bonding of Carbon Fiber Reinforced Cement Composites by Mineral Particle Coating. In: Mechtcherine V., Slowik V., Kabele P. (eds) Strain-Hardening Cement-Based Composites. SHCC RILEM Bookseries, 15 (2017).

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-024-1194-2_46

[6] Biranchi Panda, Suvash Chandra Paul, Ming Jen Tan Anisotropic mechanical performance of 3D printed fiber reinforced sustainable construction material. Materials Letters. 209 (2017) 146-149.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.matlet.2017.07.123

[7] Christ S. et al. Fiber reinforcement during 3D printing. Materials Letters. 139 (2015) 165-168.

[8] Panda B., Chandra Paul S., Jen Tan M. Anisotropic mechanical performance of 3D printed fiber reinforced sustainable construction material. Materials Letters. 209 (2017) 146-149.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.matlet.2017.07.123

[9] Soltan, D.G., Li, V.C. A self-reinforced cementitious composite for building-scale 3D printing. Cement and Concrete Composites. 90 (2018) 1-13.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cemconcomp.2018.03.017

[10] Yi Wei Daniel Tay, Biranchi Panda, Suvash Chandra Paul, Nisar Ahamed Noor Mohamed, Ming Jen Tan & Kah Fai Leong. 3D printing trends in building and construction industry: a review. Virtual and Physical Prototyping. 12(3) (2017) 261-276.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/17452759.2017.1326724

[11] Rael R., San Fratello V. Developing concrete polymer building components for 3D printing. Integration Through Computation - Proceedings of the 31st Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture, ACADIA 2011. (2011) 152-157.

[12] Lin, J.C., Wu, X., Yang, W., Zhao, R.X., Qiao, L.G. Application of P.O and R-SAC mortar for 3D printing in construction. IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering. 292(1) (2018) 012070.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1088/1757-899x/292/1/012070

[13] Sanjayan, J.G., Nematollahi, B., Xia, M., Marchment, T. Effect of surface moisture on inter-layer strength of 3D printed concrete Construction and Building Materials. 172 (2018) 468-475.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2018.03.232

[14] Zareiyan B., Khoshnevis B. Interlayer adhesion and strength of structures in Contour Crafting - Effects of aggregate size, extrusion rate, and layer thickness. Automation in Construction. 81 (2017) 112-121.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.autcon.2017.06.013

[15] Nerella V. N. et al. Studying printability of fresh concrete for formwork free Concrete on-site 3D Printing technology (CONPrint3D). Rheologische Messungen an Baustoffen 2016: Tagungsband zum 25. Workshop und Kolloquium, 2. und 3. März an der OTH Regensburg. – tradition. (2016).

[16] Egor Secrieru, Shirin Fataei, Christof Schröfl, Viktor Mechtcherine. Study on concrete pumpability combining different laboratory tools and linkage to rheology. Construction and Building Materials. 144 (2017) 451-461.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2017.03.199

[17] Kazemian A., Yuan X., Cochran E., Khoshnevis B. Cementitious materials for construction-scale 3D printing: Laboratory testing of fresh printing mixture. Construction and Building Materials. 145 (2017) 639-647.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2017.04.015

[18] Le T.T., Austin S.A., Lim S., Buswell R.A., Law R., Gibb A.G.F., Thorpe T. Hardened properties of high-performance printing concrete. Cement and Concrete Research. 42(3) (2012) 558-566.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cemconres.2011.12.003

[19] Compton B. G., Lewis J. A. 3D printing of lightweight cellular composites. Advanced materials. 26(34) (2014) 5930-5935.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/adma.201401804

[20] Lesovik V.S., Elistratkin M.Y., Glagolev E.S., Shatalova S.V., Lesnichenko E.N. Non-autoclaved aerated concrete technology adaptation to the 3d construction print. Bulletin of BSTU named after V.G. Shukhov. 8 (2017) 6-11.