additive manufacturing
Additive Manufacturing Technologies in Restoration

An Innovative Workflow for Interventions on Cultural Heritage


  • Sara Codari University of Ferrara





additive layer manufacturing, digital fabrication, second digital turn, digital architecture, cultural heritage


The current advancement of this research within the construction sector is the missing link for bridging the gap between the digitisation of building processes and the fabrication of architectural components. Renewed market needs and contemporary design languages require increasingly in-depth digital proficiency for the management of representation and production. The primary challenge of turning digital data into matter in the building design field must be overcome in order to demonstrate a possible transfer of benefits for new constructions, or interventions on existing buildings. The scientific community unanimously states the importance of deepening the most updated digital fabrication systems. With the aim of elaborating a methodological approach that prevents the technique from prevailing over the cultural assets a project requires, the present study proposes an innovative workflow for restoration projects on culturally relevant architecture in a state of degradation.

How to Cite

Codari, S. (2020). Additive Manufacturing Technologies in Restoration: An Innovative Workflow for Interventions on Cultural Heritage. Cubic Journal, 3(3), 32–55.



Author Biography

Sara Codari, University of Ferrara

Sara Codarin is a PhD student at the Department of Architecture, University of Ferrara, Italy. She is fascinated by technological innovation within design processes. Her doctoral research investigates design and fabrication workflows in architecture with promising applications for the conservation of cultural heritage. She spent an academic year in America as a visiting scholar at the College of Architecture and Design of Lawrence Technological University, Michigan to develop an experimental application of her research. She studied large-scale robotic additive manufacturing by simulating on-site fabrication processes to produce construction units for the recovery of damaged buildings. Her work is tied to this broader knowledge base about substantial economic, technological, and social changes that will have repercussions in the architectural practice of future generations.


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