The Tectonics of Digitally Fabricated Concrete. A Case for Robotic Hot Wire Cutting

  • Pedro Filipe MartinsEmail author
  • Paulo Fonseca de Campos
  • Sandra Nunes
  • José Pedro Sousa
Conference paper
Part of the RILEM Bookseries book series (RILEM, volume 19)


In the last decades, digital fabrication technologies have stimulated the materialization of complex and customized solutions in several materials. Recently, the integration of these technologies with such a variable and rich material as concrete has prompted an explosion of possible processes and outcomes for digitally fabricated concrete structures. In this context, this paper examines current digital fabrication strategies for concrete, focusing on their applications and in identifying critical issues for their adoption. From this point, through the presentation of two case studies, we propose and discuss Robotic Hot Wire Cutting as a technically and tectonically relevant digital fabrication technology for customized concrete architecture.


Concrete Digital fabrication Robotic Hot Wire Cutting 



The authors would like to thank all the Digital Fabrication Lab (DFL) team, the FEUP/LABEST team and our industrial partner, Mota-Engil for the overall support in these experiments. The works presented were co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the COMPETE 2020 – Operational Programme for Competitiveness and Internationalization (POCI) and national funds by the FCT under the POCI-01-0145-FEDER-007744 Project and the previous PTDC/ATP-AQI/5124/2012 research Project.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pedro Filipe Martins
    • 1
    Email author
  • Paulo Fonseca de Campos
    • 2
  • Sandra Nunes
    • 3
  • José Pedro Sousa
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of ArchitectureUniversity of PortoPortoPortugal
  2. 2.Faculty of Architecture and UrbanismUniversity of São PauloSão PauloBrazil
  3. 3.Faculty of EngineeringUniversity of PortoPortoPortugal

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