3D Concrete Printing for Building and Construction

Course Provider

Centre for Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE@NTU)

Certification

Continuing Education and Training Certificate

Introduction

This course gives an introduction to the 3D printing for building and construction, including the technologies, materials, hardware, applications, and the workflow. With the lectures and hands-on practices, this course should provide a good understanding for the students to know the up-to-date development of this technology and what is needed to create a 3D concrete printer. They will also be able to learn and practice how the 3D printable concrete is tested, how to create the printing path for 3D concrete printing, and the basics of operating a 3D concrete printer.

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At the end of this course, the learners will learn:

• The history and applications of 3D printing for building and construction. 
• Popular technologies, including contour crafting, D-shape, 3D concrete printing, and other large-scale plastic and metal AM technologies.
• The fresh and harden properties of 3D printable concrete and how to characterize these properties.
• The architecture of 3D concrete printer and the workflow.
• How to generate the printing path for 3D concrete printing.
• Working on a 3D concrete printer.
 
Day 1: 

Introduction and Applications
• A brief introduction to the history and applications of 3D printing for building and construction. 
• Popular technologies, including contour crafting, D-shape, 3D concrete printing, and other large-scale plastic and metal AM technologies. 
• 3D printed building and construction applications, including the printings from W+B, Apis-Cor, XtreeE, Mighty Buildings, and other commercial companies and universities worldwide.
• Sustainable 3D printable concrete materials

Fresh and Harden Properties of 3D Printable Concrete
• The fresh property requirements for 3D printable concrete and corresponding test methods. 
• The hardened property behavior and corresponding test methods.

Hands-on Training: Characterize 3D Printed Concrete
• The introduction of using compressive testing machine and Instron in the B&C lab to test the 3D printed concrete parts. 
• Trainees to practice using compressive testing machine and Instron in the B&C lab to test the 3D printed concrete parts (The parts will be prepared in advance by the instructors).

Day 2: 

3D Concrete Printer and Workflow
• Detailed instruction about the 3D concrete printer, including gantry, industry robot arm, crane, and robot swarm. 
• Explain the workflow of a 3D concrete printing, which would start from design software to the final installation of the printed parts.

Generating Printing Path from CAD Models
• Using the workflow for 3D concrete gantry printer in the B&C lab as an example to show how to design CAD model, make a printable printing path, some basic concept of G-codes, and the visualization of generated G-code.

Hands-on Training: 3D Concrete Printer Operation
• Introduction about how to operate the 3D concrete gantry printer in the B&C lab.

Hands-on Practice: 3D Concrete Printing Workflow Walkthrough
• The students to practice:
1. creating 3D CAD models.
2. using slicer software to convert the models to printing path code.
3. checking and visualization of the generated printing path code.
4. transferring the code to the 3D concrete printer (Physical Lesson) or the lecturer will demonstrate transferring the code to the 3D concrete printer (Online Lesson)
5. executing the printing code on the 3D concrete printer (by students in Physical Lesson or by the lecturer in Online Lesson).

Assessment: Quiz and Project Evaluation
• Evaluation the parts and printing paths created by the students
• An online quiz
 

This course is suitable for:
• Building Engineer
• Construction Engineer
• Project Engineer of Building and Construction
• Solutions Engineer
• Project Manager of Building and Construction
• Research Associate
• Research Engineer 

Standard Course Fee: S$1712.00


Course fee payable after SSG funding, if eligible under various schemes

Cat-A SSG Funded Courses

S$513.60

Enhanced Training Support for SMEs (ETSS)

S$193.60

Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy (MCES)

S$193.60

  • All fees stated are inclusive of 7% GST
  • NTU/NIE alumni may utilise their $1,600 Alumni Course Credits. Click  here for more information. 
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Andrew Ting

Andrew Ting is pursuing his PhD in 3D concrete printing area. His research interest includes material development with recycled and sustainable ingredients.


Dr Lu Bing

Dr Lu Bing

Dr Lu Bing obtained his PhD degree in 3D concrete printing area.  His research interest includes spray-based 3D concrete printing and sustainable cementitious material development.


Dr Tay Daniel

Dr Daniel Tay

Dr Daniel Tay obtained his PhD degree in 3D concrete printing area. His research interest includes material development and characterization for 3D concrete printing.


Dr Li Mingyang

Dr Li Mingyang

Dr Li Mingyang is currently working as a senior research fellow in Building and Construction programme of Singapore Centre for 3D Printing. He works as the leading researcher in the Building and Construction group.  His research interests are in the areas of Additive Manufacturing (AM) with emphasis on extrusion-based AM processes.


Dr Tan Ming Jen

Dr Tan Ming Jen

Dr Tan Ming Jen is the Director of HP-NTU Digital Manufacturing Corporate Lab. He is also the founding Programme Director of Building and Construction programme of Singapore Centre for 3D Printing. Under the leading of Prof. Tan Ming Jen, the Building and Construction group has published more than 40 journal papers and earned world-wide reputation in the research field of 3D concrete printing area. The Building and Construction group has also completed more than 10 large-scale concrete printings, including the first 3D printed Prefabricated Bathroom Unit (PBU) in Singapore.

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