Composites are helping architects to make highly unusual curved and freeform shapes in large buildings in the Middle East, such as the Sidra Hospital under construction in Qatar on the Arabian peninsula. Roofing panels up to 15m to 25m (49 ft to 82 ft) long have been made with the material. (Source: Affan Innovative Structures)
I agree, Cabe, and thanks for that link. What a perfect app! It reminds me of the one NASA plans on using to print roadways and landing pads as well as structures on the Moon:http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1392&doc_id=250614 One thing that's so cool about these building-scale 3D printing machines is the fact that they're designed to use materials other than plastic, often traditional building materials like cement and brick. The possibilities are huge.
I could see 3D printing becoming the premier way to build structures. I mean... brick laying is a perfect example. An industry perfect for a huge printer, using individual bricks as the media. I read of a brick printer that would build streets, in the Netherlands. It's going to happen.
That is an understatement. I prefer the wineries on the actual peninsula. Traverse City proper is just.. pleasant. Perhaps someday, 3D printing could reproduce the old style architecture... Just a thought.
3D printed buildings are already being tried, as both you and I have covered: http://www.ubmfuturecities.com/author.asp?section_id=262&doc_id=523906 http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1392&doc_id=250614 Meanwhile, composites are also being designed for 3D printing uses in aerospace: http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1392&doc_id=248401 So--when will the two combine?
To me, "timeless" would be something that persists over several hundred (or even several thousand) years, not just a few decades. There are some women's fashions that would qualify such as long simple dresses. I agree about the unattractiveness of '50s pastels--they used to be called ice cream colors.
I was up in Traverse City Michigan, the wine areas. They had rustic buildings with plenty of wood for construction. Very quaint. They even had some modern steel warehouse wineries – they were pretty utilitarian – but pleasant. Returning to Chicago, I just saw how run-down it all looks. Rust is the city's color apparently. I suppose I should not have returned through Indiana's industrial area, the area may have tainted my view.
That is true. I suppose there is never a universal, timeless look. How come certain old looks are classics, and acceptable, and others not. I don't see many people going for the 1950's pastel color look. Maybe it was universally repulsive.
An MIT research team has invented what they see as a solution to the need for biodegradable 3D-printable materials made from something besides petroleum-based sources: a water-based robotic additive extrusion method that makes objects from biodegradable hydrogel composites.
Alcoa has unveiled a new manufacturing and materials technology for making aluminum sheet, aimed especially at automotive, industrial, and packaging applications. If all its claims are true, this is a major breakthrough, and may convince more automotive engineers to use aluminum.
NASA has just installed a giant robot to help in its research on composite aerospace materials, like those used for the Orion spacecraft. The agency wants to shave the time it takes to get composites through design, test, and manufacturing stages.
The European Space Agency (ESA) is working with architects Foster + Partners to test the possibility of using lunar regolith, or moon rocks, and 3D printing to make structures for use on the moon. A new video shows some cool animations of a hypothetical lunar mission that carries out this vision.
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