P20652: 3D Concrete Printer


Project Summary Project Information

Currently, 3-dimensional (3D) concrete printers are used to print large-scale structures such as houses. Students of Multidisciplinary Senior Design (MSD) at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) do not have an efficient and accurate way to prototype medium-scale concrete objects. A 3D concrete printer will be designed that uses a computer-controlled motion system to deposit a prepared mixture of concrete along a planned path in a uniform and controlled flow. This would enable low cost prototyping for MSD teams at RIT. The concrete dispenser mechanism is mobile and moves through space to deposit on a recipient surface. The industry standard machine language, G-code, will be used.

The primary goal of this project is to design a medium scale 3D concrete printing solution for fast concrete prototyping without molds. This project is expected to have the following benefits.

  • Concrete prototyping tool for RIT MSD students
  • Engineering, teamwork, and design practice
  • Long-term cost savings on molding apparatus
  • Long-term target of printing latrines for disaster relief situations

For an updated project description, click on the following link for the Project Readiness Package.

Our Sponsors:

RIT Tigers

RIT Tigers

Duet 3D

Duet 3D

Project Name
3D Concrete Printer
Project Number
Start Term
End Term
Faculty Guide
Bill Nowak, wjnddm@rit.edu
Primary Customer
Sarah Brownell, sabeie@rit.edu
Sponsor (financial support)
RIT (for initial funding)
ConcRIT Logo

ConcRIT Logo

Team Members

Back row from the left: Alex Kelly, Alexander Pegot Ogier, Nick Claver, Chad tenPas. Front row from the left: Seth Deane, Amiee Jackson, Mary McCombs, Joe Bragg.

Back row from the left: Alex Kelly, Alexander Pegot Ogier, Nick Claver, Chad tenPas. Front row from the left: Seth Deane, Amiee Jackson, Mary McCombs, Joe Bragg.

Member Major Role Contact
Nick Claver ME Communicator nvc2527@rit.edu
Alexander Pegot Ogier ISEE Facilitator axp9827@rit.edu
Seth Deane CE Documentation Master sxd4738@rit.edu
Mary McCombs EE Mediator mxm3224@rit.edu
Chad tenPas ME Purchaser cwt1415@rit.edu
Amiee Jackson ME Systems Engineer acj3068@rit.edu
Joseph Bragg EE Co-Project Manager jdb1677@rit.edu
Alex Kelly CE Co-Project Manager aak3388@rit.edu

Work Breakdown: By Phase


Planning & Execution

Project Photos and Videos

Imagine RIT

Gate Reviews

Problem Definition

Systems Design

Preliminary Detailed Design

Detailed Design

Build & Test Prep

Subsystem Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test

Customer Handoff & Final Project Documentation (Verification & Validation)

Work Breakdown: By Topic

Project Management Design Tools Design Documentation Implementation Validation Presentation & Dissemination




Cost - $1500

Risk Management

Problem Management

Communication & Minutes

Use Case

Machine Benchmarking

Mixture Benchmarking

Functional Decomposition

Morphological Chart

Pugh Concept Selection


Mechanical Drawings

Electrical Schematics

Software Diagrams

Facility Layout



Test Fixtures


Test Plans

Analysis Results


Test Results

Design Review Documents

Technical Paper


Imagine RIT Exhibit


We would like to acknowledge the efforts, time and money contributing to this project. Sarah, the customer, has added input and guidance about design decisions and use cases. Bill, the project guide, has added design and management experience to the team.