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Rob Wolfs is an Assistant Professor in the Unit of Structural Engineering and Design in the Department of the Built Environment of Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). The research and teaching of Rob focuses on digital design and manufacturing strategies, with the aim to enhance the sustainability and productivity of the architecture, engineering and construction industry. Key topics concern the application of robotics in construction, with a focus on 3D concrete printing, and digital design tools based on parametric modelling and (structural) optimization.

Academic background

Rob Wolfs obtained his MSc in Structural Engineering and Design at the Department of the Built Environment of the TU/e in 2015. Following these studies, Rob performed a PhD research on 3D concrete printing at the same university. This research focused on experimental characterization of printed concrete and numerical (FEM) modeling to analyze structural behavior during 3D printing processes. Rob was closely involved in the design and development of the 3D concrete printer of the TU/e. In the final phase of his PhD research, Rob was a visiting research at IFSTTAR Laboratoire Navier where he adopted CFD modelling to control filament geometries in additive manufacturing processes. Rob obtained his PhD degree cum laude in September 2019 and now works as an Assistant Professor at TU/e.


"A digital transformation will change the way we design and construct our built environment."

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Research Output

Early age mechanical behaviour of 3D printed concrete: Numerical modelling and experimental testing

Wolfs, R. J. M., Bos, F. P. & Salet, T. A. M., 9 Feb 2018, In : Cement and Concrete Research. 106, April 2018, p. 103-116 14 p.

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  • 103 Citations (Scopus)
    13 Downloads (Pure)

    Triaxial compression testing on early age concrete for numerical analysis of 3D concrete printing

    Wolfs, R., Bos, F. & Salet, T., 1 Nov 2019, In : Cement & Concrete Composites. 104, 12 p., 103344.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  • 11 Citations (Scopus)
    5 Downloads (Pure)

    Structural failure during extrusion-based 3D printing processes

    Wolfs, R. J. M. & Suiker, A. S. J., 1 Sep 2019, In : International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology. 104, 1-4, p. 565-584 20 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

    Open Access
  • 11 Citations (Scopus)
    33 Downloads (Pure)

    Hardened properties of 3D printed concrete: the influence of process parameters on interlayer adhesion

    Wolfs, R. J. M., Bos, F. P. & Salet, T. A. M., May 2019, In : Cement and Concrete Research. 119, p. 132-140 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  • 27 Citations (Scopus)
    5 Downloads (Pure)

    Additive manufacturing of concrete in construction: potentials and challenges of 3D concrete printing

    Bos, F. P., Wolfs, R. J. M., Ahmed, Z. Y. & Salet, T. A. M., 2 Jul 2016, In : Virtual and Physical Prototyping. 11, 3, p. 209-225 17 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

    Open Access
  • 207 Citations (Scopus)
    5699 Downloads (Pure)


    • 1 Workshop, seminar, course or exhibition
    • 1 Editorial activity
    • 1 Visiting an external academic institution

    Cement and Concrete Research (Journal)

    Freek P. Bos (Guest editor), Rob J.M. Wolfs (Guest editor), Theo A.M. Salet (Guest editor)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific

    IFSTTAR - French institute of science and technology for transport, development and networks

    Rob J.M. Wolfs (Visiting researcher)
    Oct 2018Apr 2019

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institutionScientific

    Symposium 3D Concrete Printing

    Freek P. Bos (Organiser), T.A.M. Salet (Organiser), R.J.M. Wolfs (Organiser), Z.Y. Ahmed (Organiser), S.M. Simaria de Oliveira Lucas (Organiser)
    22 Jun 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesWorkshop, seminar, course or exhibitionProfessional


    Masonry structures

    1/09/15 → …


    Press / Media

    Student theses

    3D printing of concrete structures

    Author: Wolfs, R., 2015

    Supervisor: Salet, T. (Supervisor 1), Beetz, J. (Supervisor 2), Zimmermann, G. (External person) (External coach) & Hendriks, L. (External person) (External coach)

    Student thesis: Master


    Accelerating early strength and stiffness development of a Portland cement-based mortar for 3D printing

    Author: van der Meijde, G., 28 May 2019

    Supervisor: Wolfs, R. (Supervisor 1), Suiker, A. (Supervisor 2) & Salet, T. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master


    Active adaptive concrete structures

    Author: Deetman, A., 31 Oct 2017

    Supervisor: Salet, T. (Supervisor 1), Habraken, A. (Supervisor 2) & Wolfs, R. (Supervisor 1)

    Student thesis: Master


    Design of 3D-printed quadrilateral walls by applying the Stringer-panel method to reduce concrete use

    Author: Simpelaar, C., 28 Apr 2020

    Supervisor: Salet, T. A. (Supervisor 1), Wolfs, R. J. (Supervisor 2) & Habraken, A. P. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master