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Special Issue "Additive Manufacturing: Materials and Technologies for Digital Construction"

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944). This special issue belongs to the section "Manufacturing Processes and Systems".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 October 2023 | Viewed by 315

Special Issue Editors

RISCO, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal
Interests: sustainable building materials; multifunctional materials; addictive manufacturing; circular construction
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RISCO, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal
Interests: materials and sustainability; circular economy, resources efficiency and wastes valorization; development of new processes and materials
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Additive manufacturing technologies can drive a myriad of profound positive changes in the construction sector, namely those related to the digital transition. Expected benefits include, among others, material efficiency, improved safety and risk mitigation, greater quality control and design freedom, productivity improvements, and environmental gains. Therefore, fundamental and applied research covering the development of materials and technology suitable for digital transition in construction, as well as its application, is meaningful and necessary to fully understand the potential and technological boundaries of additive manufacturing in an array of different contexts, including architectural design, construction, rehabilitation, retrofitting, and maintenance of existing structures.

With this Special Issue of Materials entitled “Additive Manufacturing: Materials and Technologies for Digital Construction”, we invite the scientific community to report advances and novel insights on topics that may include, but are not limited to:

  • Advanced technologies for 3D digitalization;
  • Development, optimization, and characterization of eco-efficient printable materials;
  • Novel processing, reinforcement, and post-production methods;
  • Durability, deterioration mechanisms, and end-of-life valorization routes for 3D printed building materials;
  • Printable multifunctional materials and compatibility with traditional building materials;
  • AI/ML-based methods applied to development of printable materials and additive manufacturing processes;
  • Structural analysis, modelling, and topological optimization of additively manufactured materials and construction elements;
  • Using sensors for structural health monitoring of 3D-printed structures;
  • Life cycle analysis (LCA) and life cycle cost (LCC) of additively manufactured building materials and construction elements;
  • Integration of additive manufacturing into project management and building information modelling tools (BIM);
  • Novel business models and case studies.

Dr. Guilherme Ascensão
Prof. Dr. Humberto Varum
Prof. Dr. Victor M. Ferreira
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • additive manufacturing
  • digital construction
  • 3D printing
  • construction
  • materials
  • sustainability

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