Resource-efficient steel CONSTRUCTion using ADDitive manufacturing

Alper KANYILMAZ (docente coordinatore), Carlo Andrea CASTIGLIONI, Ingrid PAOLETTI, Martina CHIERICI, Monica LAVAGNA, Andrea CAMPIOLI

Steel manufacturing is a resource, labour, and energy intensive industry, which must keep pace with the rapid development aiming at decarbonizing our world. Additive manufacturing (AM) has opened new perspectives in many industries (e.g. aerospace, automotive), providing resource-efficient solutions thanks to the geometric freedom and digitalization. Steel manufacturers also could benefit from AM; however, the major obstacle is the lack of technical experience, formal standards and regulations regarding AM in the construction sector. CONSTRUCTADD aims to identify and develop rules and procedures to regulate the use of AM for sustainable steel construction applications, in compliance with EU Regulation n. 305/2011. While the main focus will be on construction industry, a partner from the automotive industry is directly included, through which mutual benefits will be gained in the field of tubular steel manufacturing.

DABC role

The research group based in DABC, responsible for project coordination and management, is involved in all WPs. Their core activities are: i) re-design of steel components using topology optimization methods to find an optimized geometry that meets specified performance targets and allows their manufacturing by metal 3D printing; ii) environmental impact and resource efficiency assessment of the developed products and methodology, compared with conventional techniques.


Rheinisch-Westfaelische Technische Hochschule Aachen, Universita Di Pisa, Prima Industrie Spa, Vallourec Deutschland Gmbh, Mimete Srl Italy, Cimolai S.P.A., Arcelormittal Tubular Products, Fundacion Imdea Materiales, Blm S.P.A., Dnv Netherlands Bv

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ConstructAdd: Introduction to the project