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Mechanical Properties of 3D Printed Biomimicked Composites

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Seyed M. Allameh, Roger Miller, Hadi Allameh

Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY

Paper No. IMECE2018-86309, pp. V012T11A001; 5 pages
  • ASME 2018 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 12: Materials: Genetics to Structures
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, November 9–15, 2018
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5217-0
  • Copyright © 2018 by ASME


Additive manufacturing technology has significantly matured over the last two decades. Recent progress in 3D printing has made it an attractive choice for fabricating complex shapes out of select materials possessing desirable properties at small and large scales. The application of biomimetics to the fabrication of structural composites has been shown to enhance their toughness and dynamic shear resistance. Building homes from bioinspired composites is possible if the process is automated. This can be achieved through additive manufacturing where layers of hard and soft materials can be deposited by 3D printing. This study examines mechanical properties of reinforced concrete fabricated by 3D printing. Preliminary results of 4-point bend tests are presented and the implications of 3D-printed home building on current conventional construction practices are discussed.

Copyright © 2018 by ASME



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