Associate professor Joshua Bard and assistant professor Dana Cupkova recently published an article entitled “Robotic concrete surface finishing: A Moldless approach to creating thermally tuned surface geometry for architectural building components using Profile-3D-Printing” in the Construction Robotics Journal. Their research is supported by CMU’s Manufacturing Futures Initiative.
The Construction Robotics Journal focuses on the emerging use of robotics in construction and demolition and their link to architecture and civil engineering research. The journal is set to become the predominant publication platform for the fast-growing construction robotics community, and a forum for research work of architects and civil engineers.
Bard and Cupkova focus on describing a novel hybrid concrete printing/casting process they termed Profile-3D-Printing. Profile-3D-Printing is an additive/subtractive manufacturing process that combines deposition of concrete for rough layup with precision tooling for surface finishing of architectural building components commonly found in the architectural precast industry. The pair worked in conjunction with a CMU research team comprised of members from the School of Architecture, The Robotics Institute, and the Materials Science Lab.