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Additive Manufacturing Processes for Infrastructure Construction: A Review

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Abhinav Bhardwaj

Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering,
Texas A&M University,
College Station, TX 77807
e-mail: abhinavb@tamu.edu

Scott Z. Jones

Engineering Laboratory,
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST),
Gaithersburg, MD 20899
e-mail: scott.jones@nist.gov

Negar Kalantar

Architecture Division,
California College of the Arts,
San Francisco, CA 94107
e-mail: kalantar@cca.edu

Zhijian Pei

Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering,
Texas A&M University,
College Station, TX 77843
e-mail: zjpei@tamu.edu

John Vickers

Space Technology Mission Directorate,
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA),
Huntsville, AL 35812
e-mail: jhvicker@gmail.com

Timothy Wangler

Institute for Building Materials,
ETH Zurich,
CH 8093 Zurich, Switzerland
e-mail: wangler@ifb.baug.ethz.ch

Pablo Zavattieri

Lyles School of Civil Engineering,
Purdue University,
West Lafayette, IN 47907
e-mail: zavattie@purdue.edu

Na Zou

Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering,
Texas A&M University,
College Station, TX 77843
e-mail: nzou1@tamu.edu

Manuscript received May 7, 2019; final manuscript received June 17, 2019; published online July 25, 2019. Editor: Y. Lawrence Yao.

J. Manuf. Sci. Eng 141(9), 091010 (Jul 25, 2019) (13 pages) Paper No: MANU-19-1267; doi: 10.1115/1.4044106 History: Received May 07, 2019; Accepted June 17, 2019

Additive manufacturing (AM) has had an enormous impact on the manufacturing sector. Its role has evolved from printing prototypes to manufacturing functional parts for a variety of applications in the automotive, aerospace, and medical industries. Recently, AM processes have also been applied in the infrastructure construction industry. Applications of AM processes could bring in significant improvements in infrastructure construction, specifically in the areas of productivity and safety. It is desirable to have a review on the current state of emerging AM processes for infrastructure construction and existing gaps in this field. This paper reviews the AM processes in infrastructure construction. It discusses the process principle, application examples, and gaps for each of the AM processes.

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Classification of AM processes for infrastructure construction

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Illustration of contour crafting

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Illustration of smart dynamic casting

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Illustration of the digital construction platform

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Illustration of C-FAB™

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Illustration of binder jetting process

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AM processes for construction of infrastructure: future research directions



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