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New ACI committee advances 3-D printing practice, standards

Sources: American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, Mich.; CP staff

The newly formed ACI Committee 564, 3-D Printing with Cementitious Materials will report on three-dimensional printing and additive manufacturing with inorganic cementitious materials, and develop publications on the technology’s applications, challenges and impacts. 

Members will also work with other American Concrete Institute committees to disseminate additive manufacturing information and determine ways the technology can be integrated into the concrete community; collaborate with technical organizations to facilitate information sharing; foster discussion on research needs and challenges preventing additive manufacturing from wide adoption in the concrete construction community; and, develop guidelines to evaluate materials and technology for additive manufacturing.

“3-D printing is a new and exciting frontier in the concrete industry. Committee 564 hopes to bring together all stakeholders to discuss the many challenges and opportunities with this new technology,” says ACI 564 Chair Scott Jones (National Institute of Standards and Technology).

The committee will meet October 15 during the ACI Concrete Convention and Exposition in Las Vegas. A session leading into the meeting, “Materials Science Aspects Related to Digital Manufacturing (3-D Printing) of Cementitious Materials,” will feature seven presentations. The Institute will also host a mid-November webinar through ACI University on advancing the art of 3-D printing in concrete construction, details posted at www.ACIUniversity.com.