Fabian Eidner is a multi-disciplinary researcher based in Stuttgart, Germany. His integrative research approach lies at the intersection of digital fabrication, material science and intuition, using algorithms as a language to mediate between the capacities therein.


//program_ sdu create summer school
//date_ august 2020
//location_ sdu odense, denmark
//tools_ grasshopper, additive manufacturing, robotics
//tutors_ prof. dr. roberto naboni, anja kunic , luca breseghello, sandro sanin

    >...The project Robotic Concrete 3D Printing challenges the conventional design standards of concrete construction by exploring the potentials and flexibility of Direct Concrete 3D Printing. Combining computational design logics, structural performance optimization and material experiments, the project aims to push forward the boundaries of what can be built in concrete and to reduce costs, time and labour for a more sustainable construction technique.


This project was conducted by the SDU Create in their 2020 Summer School format. In collaboration with partners from concrete industry and with 20 international students the aim of this intense 2-week-workshop was to challenge construction standards at two intertwined scales: a series of patterns are tested on a standard column design as a mean of improving the structural performance of concrete elements, and then applied to a non-standard highly-complex large-scale design that proves the design freedom and customization possibility of the technology.

//Hypothesis_1 Achieving the maximum height of the column by the strategically use of speed manipulations to apply material where it is needed.
//Hypothesis_2 Gaining mechanical resistance and stability by implementing internal ribbing structures.
//Hypothesis_3 Increasing the stiffness of the column by informing shifted and overlapping reinforcement patterns.


The design process involves a set of structural and performance analysis iteratively informed by the preliminary experiments and integrates Augmented Reality (AR) technology as a mean of going beyond conventional 3D modelling and enhancing the user-experience and user-awareness in the process of design. The fabrication process entails the use of a 6-axis Industrial Robot and a fine-grained fiber-reinforced concrete mix which is deposited in a layered fashion following a digitally-defined toolpath with millimetric control.


//printing_process, speed_manipulation








//CREATE_Group_ Led by Asst. Prof. Dr. Roberto Naboni 
//industrial_Partner_ Hyperion Robotics
//students_ Ilyas Abdirashid Ahmed, Kawtar Al Akel, Peter Christian Kjær Balle, Fabian Eidner, Styrmir Gislason, Robert Tøste Lomholdt Jespersen, Camilla Juul Johansen, Anders Klitgaard Klausen, Dominika Aleksandra Krolikowska, Mads Friborg Nielsen, Mads Køhler Persson, Søren Rasmussen, Kasper Lund Rasmussen, Lasse Weyergang Rahbek, Helena Schenavsky, Martyna Skóra, Troels Sperling, Valdemar Brandt Thygesen, Mads Sørensen, Simon Andreasen Andreasen, Philip James Douglas
//concrete_material_ Weber Saint-Gobain Denmark
//concrete_admixtures_ Fosroc Denark
//polypropylene_fibres_ Danish Fibers