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Slideshow: Architects Make Curves With Carbon Composites
5/3/2013

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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)
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)

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Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Outside the building box
Ann R. Thryft   5/28/2013 11:40:25 AM
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I think Rob is right about the future of composites, especially carbon composites. So much will depend on processes and getting their cost down.

Cabe Atwell
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Cabe Atwell   5/30/2013 12:09:26 AM
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Perhaps the real future is in 3D printed buildings?

Or so the creator wants to believe.

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Ann R. Thryft
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Ann R. Thryft   5/30/2013 12:59:14 PM
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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?

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Rob Spiegel   6/5/2013 8:27:18 PM
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Having spent plenty of time in Traverse City over the years, I can understand how Chicago might look afterwards. Traverse really has become a delightful little city.

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Cabe Atwell   6/10/2013 7:21:23 PM
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Rob,

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.

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Cabe Atwell   6/10/2013 7:25:33 PM
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Ann,

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.

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Ann R. Thryft
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Ann R. Thryft   6/11/2013 12:43:29 PM
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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.

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