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Sustainable Research on 3D Printing: Technologies, Materials, and Applications

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Materials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (10 February 2024) | Viewed by 539

Special Issue Editors

Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering, West Pomeranian University of Technology in Szczecin, Piastów 50a, 70-311 Szczecin, Poland
Interests: 3D concrete printing (3DCP); 3D mortar printing; 3D printing; sustainable materials; FEM analysis
Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics, West Pomeranian University of Technology in Szczecin, 70-310 Szczecin, Poland
Interests: 3D concrete printing (3DCP); machining; machine design (CAD)
Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering, West Pomeranian University of Technology in Szczecin, Piastów 50a, 70-311 Szczecin, Poland
Interests: autogenous shrinkage; cracking potential of cementitious materials; 3D concrete shrinkage; 3D concrete printing (3DCP); 3D mortar printing

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The development of additive manufacturing in each sector leads to questions about the environmental and economic impacts of using these techniques, especially for construction sectors, where traditional technics consume huge amounts of materials each year. In addition, Portland cement production results in the emission of significant amounts of CO2. Today, the reduction in the negative environmental impact is a crucial issue.

The main aim of this Special Issus is to contribute to the knowledge about the environmental impact of 3D printing techniques. Research areas may include (but are not limited to) the following: 3D printing of cementitious materials (concrete, mortars), 3D printing of geopolymers, 3D printing of soft and biomaterials, additive manufacturing for electronics and metamaterials, new materials for 3D printing (metals, composites, hard materials, ceramics, etc.), multi-material 3D printing, 3D printing technologies, metallization for 3D printing, 3D printing for microfabrication, numerical and finite element modeling of additive manufacturing processes, life-cycle assessment of additive manufacturing process, the environmental impact of the manufacturing process, and the economic aspects of 3D printing.

The present Special Issue welcomes research papers and review papers that apply 3D printing technology to improve sustainability and reduce environmental impacts. The papers published in this Special Issue will contribute to the knowledge about Sustainable Research on 3D Printing Technology.

Dr. Szymon Skibicki
Dr. Marcin Hoffmann
Dr. Adam Zieliński
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • 3D concrete printing (3DCP)
  • 3D mortar printing
  • 3D printing
  • additive manufacturing
  • life-cycle assessment
  • sustainable materials
  • environmental impact
  • energy efficiency
  • recycling
  • geopolymers

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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