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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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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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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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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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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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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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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   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.

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Ann R. Thryft   5/23/2013 12:07:43 PM
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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.

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Cabe Atwell   5/17/2013 4:06:57 PM
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Rob,

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.

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Cabe Atwell   5/17/2013 4:03:40 PM
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Ann,

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.

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