The project aims to show how cross-sectoral innovation can bring new solutions to integrate waste in the 3D printing of construction elements. Robotic technologies (such as sensor feedback, computer vision and digital twin) will be combined with civil engineering technologies (Computational design, Structural simulation) to make the 3D printing process more intelligent, and finally capable of adapting to a variable stream of recycled materials.

To achieve those objectives, this project consortium will combine the Hyperion Robotics’ unique know-how in 3D Printing concrete and recycled materials for the construction industry, with IAAC’s unique know-how in Robotics, ICT and AI integration for digital manufacturing of natural and recycled material at large scale.

By the end of the project a highly customized staircase will be 3D printed with the new technology, and compared with a similar staircase 3D printed without this technology, as well as compared with a similar product currently manufactured manually in the construction industry. The resulting product would demonstrate how AI & ICT allow for Robotically manufactured products to fit the requirements of the construction sector (80% more precise), and hence offer potentially cheaper (-30%), faster (-75%) and more sustainable (-70% CO2 emission) products than existing processes.

This project is part of the EU project MetaBuilding and has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 873964.

EU Project Recycled 3D Staircase (2022)
Description The project “Recycled 3D Staircase” aims to bring new solutions to integrate waste in the 3D printing of construction elements.
EU Call MetaBuilding 1st call, H2020 Cascade Funding
Total Funding 60 000 €
IAAC Department Advanced Architecture Group
Partners Hyperion Robotics (FI)