Researchers from Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia continue the ongoing trend in exploring ways to improve the use of concrete in construction applications, releasing their findings in the recently published ‘Emerging Natural Fiber-Reinforced Cement Materials and Technology for 3D Concrete Printing.’

3D printers are being used in construction around the world today, from creating homes at rapid speed to endeavoring to create entire villages, experiment with self-healing properties in materials for better performance, and much more. In this latest research, the authors review the current trends and use of cement and composites.

Pointing out that construction in Malaysia has reached a slow-down due to affordability, lack of materials, and transportation cost, it becomes clear why the researchers are motivated to explore the benefits of 3D printing and additive manufacturing processes further.