3D printing with salt

It is believed that salt, which is a waste product of desalination plants and potash mining, has great potential in architecture thanks to 3D printing technology. With a suitable binding agent, salt can be turned into a pressure-resistant composite material.

This interdisciplinary research field forms an interface between materials science and digital technology.

With its flexible and customized production, 3D printing not only guarantees the rapid creation of prototypes, it also opens up a wide variety of domains of application in construction. For this reason, 3D printing is regarded as a future-oriented key technology in the sector.

Within the framework of this research, we will investigate the extent to which salt, with its diverse properties, can meet the requirements for 3D printing when combined with a suitable binding agent.

It is aimed to let the knowledge thus gained flow into a research proposal. In addition to the research, seminars will be offered during which students can learn the basics of 3D printing. Beyond that, physical testing of salt mixtures will be carried out in order to discuss the properties of salt in greater detail. The findings will be translated into a design.