Arup engineers are pushing the boundaries of 3D printing and taking the technology firmly into the realm of real-world applications, producing critical structural steel elements for use in complex projects.
The Arup team has produced a design method for critical structural steel elements for use in complex projects using ‘additive manufacturing’, aka 3D printing. “The work signals a whole new direction for the use of additive manufacturing in the field of construction and engineering.” says Arup. “The research also shows that additive manufacturing has the potential to reduce costs, cut waste and slash the carbon footprint of the construction sector.”
“We created a redesign of a steel node for a light weight structure using additive manufacturing. Arup has a lot of experience with these kind of structures, for example the tensegrity structure of the Kurilpa Bridge in Australia. The complex geometry of these kind of nodes are an ideal showcase of the possibilities of this new technique.”
Arup funded the development work and collaborated with a number of partners to realise the designs, including WithinLab (an engineering design software and consulting company), CRDM/3D Systems (the Additive Manufacturing partner) and EOS, who worked on the early development of the technology.