Category Archives: construction machines

3D Printing Takes a Huge Leap Forward in Metal Construction

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Redshift by Autodesk reports in their recent article, “Massive Hybrid Manufacturing Machine in Europe Pushes Boundaries of 3D Printing,” that a new machine is now designed to 3D-print metal parts and structures for construction as large as 2 meters in diameter (6.5 feet) and up to 6 meters long (over 19 feet long) and 2,000 kilograms (4,409 pounds) in weight. 

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Magnificent Metal Monday

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Construction of the 850-foot-tall, $570 million-to-$600 million Rainier Square Tower in Seattle is turning out to be a proving ground for innovation.

According to Construction Dive, “Aluminum components are being 3D printed with the resulting v-shaped nodes and connected squares of curtain wall forming a dramatic slope from the fourth to 40th floors. Aside from the impressive aesthetic, this method of production can also more easily accommodate last-minute changes.”

The article goes on to explain, “Structural engineer Magnusson Klemencic Associates (MKA) started out planning to use a reinforced concrete core for the building, said firm CEO Ron Klemencic, and about halfway into the project, it was clear that the tower would be too expensive and was going to take too long to build, making it economically unfeasible for the building’s owner, developer Wright Runstad & Co.” So after tabling the project for over a year, they needed an idea that would “jumpstart the project without busting the budget.”

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MMM – Football and Vegas

Current status of new $1.9B Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas; Photo Credit: Construction Dive

We highlight Vegas again in this week’s Magnificent Metal Monday (MMM). While Musk’s underground tram (METALCON Blog Issue Nov 18) may not be finished in time for METALCON 2020, the new $1.9B Allegiant stadium will be! Construction Dive takes an inside look into the status of the project, on track to be completed by summer 2020.

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MMM – Underground Tram Construction Begins in Vegas

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Magnificent Metal Monday (MMM) takes us to Las Vegas, the location of METALCON 2020! According to Construction Dive, Elon Musk’s tunneling company, The Boring Co.,​ began underground construction on a tunnel for a tram system at the Las Vegas Convention Center on Friday, Nov. 15. Although it won’t be ready until after the show, attendees will be able to get a glimpse of the “future” while at the show. Musk is the founder of Tesla and SpaceX.

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MMM – Singapore’s New Airport Shines

Summer is here and that means traveling through airports. According to Forbes, “This summer U.S. airlines are anticipating that a record 257.4 million will take to the skies between June 1 and August 31, up 3.4% compared to a year ago.” Airport construction projects continue to make headlines, but according to the New York Times, one in particular is shining as the “new jewel.” Singapore’s Changi Airport hopes to be a destination in itself and remove some of the stress that traveling can bring. The 10-story engineering marvel contains a forest, indoor waterfall, and more than 280 stores and restaurants. Magnificent Metal Monday takes a closer look at what it took to create this gem.

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METALCON 2019 Announces Premier Sponsors for Pittsburgh, PA!

For the first time in METALCON’s show history, it will take place in the birth-place of steel. Given Pittsburgh’s illustrious history in the steel and metal industry, the METALCON team is extremely proud to announce that this year’s premier sponsors are Pittsburgh-based and long time standing partners, PPG Industries and U.S. Steel Corporation. “With Pittsburgh’s two iconic companies serving as METALCON’s premier sponsors, we couldn’t feel more welcomed in the “steel city,” said Claire Kilcoyne, METALCON Show Director.

PPG Industries will be sponsoring the “PPG Theatre,” and U.S. Steel will be sponsoring a brand new and highly innovative area of the show floor called the “U.S. Steel Tech Hub.”

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Magnificent Metal Monday

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3D printed home by ICON

What if you could download and print a home in 24 hours at half the cost?  ICON, an Austin, Texas based 3-D printer construction startup company is doing just that!  Mentioned briefly in our previous blog post, ICON has partnered with New Story and  People Helping People of El Salvador, two charitable organizations focused on helping some of the world’s poorest people in replacing the sprawling slums with 3D printed homes.  ICON has successfully printed its first home and is poised to built an entire community at $4,000 per home with an estimated 12-24 hours to print each home.  Executive Director for People Helping People, Lisselot Tronconis, says, “the appeal of 3D printing isn’t aesthetics, but that it can cut the cost, time and labor required to build homes.” Continue reading

Swenson Shear Introduces Equipment Financing Options

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Ceres, CASwenson Shear, a leading supplier of innovative tools for the metal roofing industry – including SnapTable all-in-one tools than can notch, shear and hem snap lock and standing seam panel profiles – announces that customers now have the ability to arrange financing for equipment purchases on the company’s website. Continue reading

How to Prepare for your Metal Roofing Jobs

Our friends over at http://www.designandbuildwithmetal.com recently published an article that pertains to a lot of the metal roofers out there. Contributing to the article was Harry Schouten of Advanced Architectural Sheet Metal & Supply.

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Book your Hotel for METALCON now

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You heard us right, housing is OPEN! We’ve opened it earlier this year so that you can take advantage of the early bird pricing on the official hotels Continue reading

San Antonio emergency responders rescue construction worker from concrete

Late last night we saw this story come through and we are truly happy that the construction worker turned out ok. We applaud our public safety officials who were able to help this man. Continue reading

How to be a Creative Genius

January 26 – By Lauren K. Terry – Creativity has become so intertwined with the definition of exceptional leaders that an entire industry has emerged to help leaders find their creative abilities. There is a Center for Creative Leadership, a Creative Leadership Group, a Creative Leadership Program, Continue reading

Growing your Business with Metal

 

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ATLANTA (October 20, 2014) by Jim Austin – The Helene S. Mills Multipurpose Facility opened in 2002 as a Fulton County focal point to enrich the minds, bodies and spirits of independent senior citizens. Soon after opening, a leaky roof put a damper on senior activities.  Continue reading

New PHDX Series Plasma Torches

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American Torch Tip (ATTC®) launches the new PHDX Series of torches for automated plasma cutting systems up to 260 Amp. Continue reading

Mention #METALCONDenver in your Social Media Posts

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So a few weeks back we had released the official hashtag for METALCON and we told you it would be #METALCONDenver. We would like for all of you to use the hashtag in order to promote the event across  Continue reading

D.I. Roof Seamers – Exhibitor Feature

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Today’s featured exhibitor is D.I. Roof Seamers. You may also know them as Developmental Industries, Inc. who have become the world’s largest dedicated manufacturer of electro-mechanical roof seamers. Check out their e-booth by clicking here and remember to visit their website by clicking here.

58 Different Presentations in the Learning Zones at METALCON

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Register today to receive access to the Learning Zones on the trade show floor. You’ll have the chance to choose from 58 different presentations made by the top exhibitors in the Metal Construction Industry. Don’t wait until it is too late, register today by clicking here.

Attend METALCON

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Did you realize that registration is now open for METALCON? Well, today is your lucky day if you didn’t realize it. Most of you know that this is the world’s leading metal construction trade show and the most important people in the industry will be there, so to take advantage of the early bird discounts click on REGISTER NOW!

Cidan Machinery Inc. – Exhibitor Feature

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Visit Cidan Machinery’s online booth by clicking here and to view their web page click here.

Launch Locator Learning Zone 1 – Day 2 & 3

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Not teasing you at all today since the full schedule is posted on the METALCON website but yesterday we posted Day 1’s schedule and today we see Day 2 and 3 for Learning Zone 1 in booth 2117. Start setting  Continue reading

Recap of METALCON 2013

It is Throwback Thursdays and this video doesn’t exactly qualify for it since it is less than a year old. However, it is a good piece for all of our readers to check out especially if you haven’t been to METALCON. Watch, enjoy and then REGISTER BY CLICKING HERE.

Construction Live Site Video

This is really cool, entertaining and fun. While most of us grew up playing with Tonka Trucks and other pretend construction toys, this person took it to another level. Check the video out and let us know what you think. It’s creative and a good way to enjoy something in the field we all work in.

Drexel Metals – Exhibitor Feature

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Our Exhibitor Feature today is Drexel MetalsDrexel Metals provides a full range of superior-quality engineered metal roofing systems, equipment and custom fabrication services for commercial, governmental, industrial, historical and architectural customers worldwide. Check out their online profile by CLICKING HERE.

The Bradbury Co., Inc. – Exhibitor Feature

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To find out more information about The Bradbury Co., Inc. you can click here to go to their website or click here to see their online e-booth profile.

Behind the Welding Mask

Welders seem to not get as much credit as they deserve so in honor of that occupation in the industry check out this quick video. As the title refers it is certainly behind the welding mask. Enjoy.

Trade Associations What’s Missing?

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So it looks like at the recent Metal Construction Association meeting held in Rosemont, IL June 23-25 there were some preliminary discussions held on regulations and codes in the industry except this time other associations were involved in the panel discussion. Well, isn’t it about time this

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Want to be Cool?

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We’ve posted every day that registration is open and the goal is to reinforce the thinking that you need to register as soon as possible. Think of it this way when you buy your plane tickets to go on vacation   Continue reading

Metal Grids and Asphalt Together

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Last week I talked about why we do not have metal bricks or blocks and voila this morning I read a story about metal grids being put on hot asphalt that make it look like bricks were used. I find it really coincidental that a week ago  Continue reading

Fork Lift Failure or Success

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Since this is my last post of the day I had to find something amusing and genius in the same respect. I believe some of you may say this is just a boneheaded move, but I look at it from the perspective that maybe their boss told them to get the task done and they were creative. At least the boss knows he can count on his workers to get the job done. Anyhow, let me know what you think about this and whether or not you condone such behavior.

Drum Roll: FedEx Package Arrives for Me

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So today while I was discussing some ideas with the METALCON team, our receptionist had dropped off a FedEx like the package you see above. I walked in my office and it was sitting on my chair  Continue reading