Researchers from Purdue University in Indiana claim that buildings could also be made increasingly resilient by the use of 3D-printed cement paste. Cement-based products such as concrete, crack with weather exposure and time, and to counteract these issues, the cement paste (which is currently in its concept stage), could be incorporated into damaged structures, making them increasingly resilient.
When the material is finalised, it will be a cost-effective way of making cement-based materials increasingly robust to the ever-changing weather conditions. This method can also be used to produce structural elements for constructions that damage less easily when environmental disasters such as earthquakes occur. In addition, the 3D printing process can be used to create designs that were not possible to print with cement beforehand, including honeycomb or helicoidal patterns.
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