Integration of digital processes in the design and additive manufacturing of architectural ceramic systems

Additive manufacturing allows for faster and more accurate production of architectural components. Some recent experiences of its use in the production of ceramic elements show that new uses and functions are possible for this material. The discretization of complex geometries in ceramic components, the integration of flexible interconnection systems between components and the addition of new performative and infrastructural properties are some examples of this. The introduction of digital processes in design and additive manufacturing makes it possible to expand the formal, performative and functional limits of ceramic architectural systems. The formal freedom, allied to the rigor of the manufacturing processes, allows a wide range of multifunctional and economical products, allowing a faster, more accurate and economical production of customized architectural components. The present investigation aims at the development of innovative ceramic architectural constructive systems, complementing the traditional covering and support functions, exploring other formal and physical attributes, namely the introduction of active and passive performative systems. 



João Carvalho



Bruno Figueiredo & Paulo Cruz