3D Concrete Printing

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Working without concrete forms, the calculation of the exact mix and speed of the print is essential. DIANA can help you predict the behavior of the flow, and ultimately the behavior of the structure.

Pioneering the next generation of concrete technology

Future proof solution for concrete 3D printing

Although in its infancy, 3D Concrete printing is giving structural designers a new creative opportunity to design intricate decorative features and innovative designs of larger structures such as small bridges or houses.

Concrete technology is leaping forward, with fiber reinforcement, and ultra-high performance fiber reinforcement becoming more widely used, along with a range of other concrete additives which all have an impact on the performance of the material.

Essentials for assessment of 3D printed structures

Stability assessment of concrete printed structures 

Whilst this new technology should result in structures being built in a fraction of the time, and fraction of the cost – it should not be a case of trial and error. In conjunction with major concrete manufacturers, DIANA provides you with the ability to predict the performance of the concrete as it is poured, including a range of analyses.

Not forgetting that the way that these structures are constructed is new to the market, there also needs to be different types of analysis carried out to ensure that it will stand up to the test of time, how will the joints react to heat, cold and movement. DIANA has been at the forefront of this technology, working with research institutions to ensure that the right analysis features are available to DIANA users.

Special features for 3D concrete printing

  • Bridges
  • Houses (or parts of a house, for example façade or columns)
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Full 3D modeling capabilities
  • Exchange with BIM and CAD programs
  • Parametric modeling (via python scripting)
  • 2D & 3D elements (with high order up to cubic interpolation)
  • Interface elements (to describe bonding/interaction between layers)
  • Embedded reinforcements with grids and bars defined independently from the FE mesh
  • Total-strain crack models with fixed and rotating cracks for tensile and compressive failure, with maturity dependent effects to take into account the evolution of the material behavior/parameters. With the possibility to combine with temperatures and creep effects and/or fiber reinforcement
  • Mohr-Coulomb model
  • User-supplied materials
  • Phased analysis is used to model the extrusion-based printing of concrete (layered approach)
  • Structural nonlinear analysis, which takes into account plastic failure (physical nonlinearities) as well as instability due to buckling (geometrical nonlinearities)
  • Maturity or element age
  • Compression and tensile strength
  • Deformed models
  • Plastic strains
  • Enabled clipping and/or slicing plane

Licensing packages

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We provide a wide range of flexible licensing modules and subscription plans for advanced calculations. Our Sales Team are always more than happy to discuss your requirements and can make individualized proposals based on your specific needs. 

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