Industrial technologies for tailormade concrete structures

TailorCrete combined the knowledge and resources of architects, designers, concrete technologists, civil and structural engineers and robot experts with the practical experience of key players in the construction sector in a 4-year collaborative research. Fourteen academic and industrial partners developed a set of new concrete construction technologies including digital design and fabrication tools, new formwork and reinforcement systems. The research involved intensive testing and validation of results at laboratory scale and in full-scale prototypes. TailorCrete was funded by the European Union’s FP-7 framework program.

The Professorship for Architecture and Digital Fabrication of ETH Zurich developed a reusable wax based on site free-form concrete formwork as well as digital design and fabrication tools that make the Tailorcrete technologies available from design through planning to fabrication.

In March 2012, the new wax based formwork technology has been awarded the
Global Holcim Innovation Prize.

Zurich, Switzerland
Academic Institution:
ETH Zurich, Architecture and Digital Fabrication, Prof. Gramazio, Prof. Kohler
Project Partners:
Grace Bauprodukte GmbH, Unicon A/S, NV Bekaert SA, Danish Technological Institute (Coordinator), Giben Scandinavia A/S, Dragados, Chalmers University of Technology, Paschal Danmark A/S, Czech Technical University, designtoproduction, University of Southern Denmark, Superpool
Lead Researchers:
Silvan Oesterle
Petrus Aejmelaeus-Lindström, Stella Azariadi, Samuel Bernier-Lavigne, Tobias Bonwetsch, Noah Bühler, Thomas Cadalbert, Dominik Ganghofer, Volker Helm, Andrea Kondziela, Ammar Mirjan, Daniel Rohlek, Axel Vansteenkiste
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