…Now architect Philippe Morel from Studio EZCT Architecture & Design Research in Paris is using 3D printed sand molds to create ultra high-strength concrete.
Ultra-high-performance concrete (UHPC) is a new type of concrete and is characterized by being a steel fibre-reinforced cement composite material that is six to eight times stronger than conventional concrete, and also much lighter. Its high density structure also provides excellent material quality with no pores and micro tears.
Part of Morel’s research is to look for light and filigree concrete structures that will provide a completely new level of design freedom in architecture in the future.
“We needed a quick and cost-effective process for manufacturing molds for UHPC casting. Currently the only economic alternative for our research is to print sand molds on the voxeljet machines using 3D printing technology,” says Morel…
Every Thursday is #3dthursday here at Adafruit! The DIY 3D printing community has passion and dedication for making solid objects from digital models. Recently, we have noticed electronics projects integrated with 3D printed enclosures, brackets, and sculptures, so each Thursday we celebrate and highlight these bold pioneers!
Have you considered building a 3D project around an Arduino or other microcontroller? How about printing a bracket to mount your Raspberry Pi to the back of your HD monitor? And don’t forget the countless LED projects that are possible when you are modeling your projects in 3D!
The Adafruit Learning System has dozens of great tools to get you well on your way to creating incredible works of engineering, interactive art, and design with your 3D printer! We also offer the MakerBot Digitizer in our store. If you’ve made a cool project that combines 3D printing and electronics, be sure to let us know, and we’ll feature it here!