Instruments and materials for digital manufacturing in architecture


  • Cesare Sposito University of Palermo
  • Francesca Scalisi University of Palermo



digital production, 3D printing, mass customization, innovative materials


The article describes tools and materials available today for digital manufacturing in architecture, offering a wide overview of 3D printing techniques and how it could revolutionize the construction world with important come backs and not only technical ones. From the concept of mass customization to the creation of the Fab Lab, from Contour Crafting to D-Shape technology and to the WASP project, we are witnessing a radical rethinking of the architectural process, but also a continuous research on the materials.


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Author Biographies

Cesare Sposito, University of Palermo

Associate Professor at the Department of Architecture, Polytechnic School, he teaches Architecture Construction Studio. He carries out research on protection systems for archaeological sites, innovative materials for architecture, nanotechnology in architecture, energy savings for buildings.

Francesca Scalisi, University of Palermo

PhD in Recovery and Use of Ancient Contexts, she was holder of a research grant at the Department of Desing and Building Construction (DPCE) with a thesis entitled "Experiments on nanostructured materials in the archaeological sites of Agrigento, Morgantina and in the Villa Romana del Casale".


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How to Cite

Sposito, C. and Scalisi, F. (2017) “Instruments and materials for digital manufacturing in architecture”, AGATHÓN | International Journal of Architecture, Art and Design, 1(online), pp. 143–151. doi: 10.19229/2464-9309/1222017.



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