Category Archives: construction printing

Technology will be Key in Rebuilding Notre Dame Cathedral

Laser scanned 3D image of Notre Dame; Andrew Tallon/Vassar College via National Geographic

Thanks to cutting-edge image technology, the daunting task of rebuilding a near 900 year old building will be possible. According to an article published last week in Futurism, “Thanks to the meticulous work of Vassar art historian Andrew Tallon, every exquisite detail and mysterious clue to the building’s 13th-century construction was recorded in a digital archive in 2015 using laser imaging. These records have revolutionized our understanding of how the spectacular building was built — and could provide a template for how Paris could rebuild.”

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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

Check out this 3D-printed, vehicle-powered house: METALCON demo

This thing is crazy.

METALCON has a damn good name. It also had some damn good demos at the Baltimore Convention Center this week.

The event was a major gathering for construction pros looking for new ideas. The exhibit hall had lots of tools, and demos about the latest ways to build. To kick off the conference, however, Roderick Jackson challenged attendees to think bigger.

“We literally build buildings the same way we’ve built them for centuries,” said Jackson, who heads up the Building Envelope Systems Research Group at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee.

Instead of the latest tools, Jackson brought a whole house to the convention. Called the Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy (AMIE), it’s a prototype of a home that shares energy between the house itself and a hybrid car.

Roderick Jackson inside AMIE. (Photo by Stephen Babcock)

Being a DOE project, one problem it’s solving is the fact that buildings use lots of energy. AMIE points toward energy usage that doesn’t have to rely completely on a grid. Power from solar panels and the electric vehicle batteries flows back and forth through a wireless system developed at national lab. The vehicle has a natural gas generator that produces power for the home.

There’s also lots of new approaches in the construction. The building was entirely 3D printed (on the world’s largest 3D printer). That makes a zero-waste construction process. It’s made of polymer, but Jackson said it’s designed to get folks thinking about what materials available to them can be used. Inside, the wall cavity was reduced from 8 inches to 1 inch to make room for next-generation insulation. The one-room design is simple, complete with Murphy bed. But that’s also a canvas to create.

AMIE's windows. (Photo by Stephen Babcock)

The speed of the project also marked a big change, process-wise. Jackson said the project was completed in nine months. That’s fast for government, but the level of change points to government’s strengths in taking on the risk.

“The role of government is to take on the risk the private sector wouldn’t take on,” he said. “Now industry can take what we did and move it forward.”

(Photo by Stephen Babcock)

Corporates were already involved in the prototype phase. Jackson’s team got partners like Alcoa, Clayton Homes, GE Appliances, Tru-Design and NanoPore. They were excited about doing something that wasn’t only new, but also big.

“The biggest thing that I learned from this is people don’t get excited about incremental,” he said. Rather, partners and others really gathered around an idea “when you start throwing stuff out there that’s moonshot-type ideas.”

Click here for the original article, Thanks Technical.ly

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

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

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

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

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

Register for METALCON

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Registration for METALCON is now open.  You can register by clicking here and I know you are saying didn’t he just talk about this Friday? Yes I did but I wanted to bring it up again obviously. With the early numbers we are seeing  Continue reading

85 Days Until METALCON

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Since we love new features here at METALCON, we are going to start a new one beginning tomorrow. We are going to profile an exhibitor each day until day 1 of METALCON. Who we profile and  Continue reading

Types of Metal Buildings

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Continuing on with another introductory piece of information for all of our new readers, I have found a fantastic Continue reading

Structural Steel Connections

I definitely wanted to post this for all of those that may not know enough about structural steel connections. I also thought it was cheesy, I mean look at the Europeans being all tough not wearing their hard hats at the job site. Anyhow, it is a good educational video, enjoy it.

3D-Printed Steel Building Structures

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About a month ago I posted something about 3D printing for the metal construction industry and it looks like these mad scientists are back at it again. Looks as if they are starting to print  Continue reading

This guy puts the Metal in Construction

Saw this video this morning and it looks like it is starting to go viral, well maybe not. So this construction worker who is very handy in many trades looks like he literally put the Metal right into Construction with his skills combined with some Slayer music. I have to say I never listened to that type of music, but we do have a staffer here who listens to this loud, hard on the ears music. Take a look at the video and let me know what you think.

#ThrowbackThursdays

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Yes going to try to do another one today and in the spirit of July 4th let’s talk about our friend “ME.” Me was born back in 2013 and has grown up quickly to travel the world. Take a look at the photos through the years  Continue reading

New Features Coming

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I’ve been thinking about some new features for the blog and will begin using some of the ideas I have come with in the next week. I’d also like to open this up to anyone that  Continue reading

Galvanized Metal and Using the Wrong Screws

I found this video entertaining and also surprising. It isn’t very long but it is important to note how silly people can be in not realizing what they are working with. Maybe more training is in order.

100th Blog Post

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I realized that our blog has officially hit 100 posts so we’ve decided we should celebrate the fact that we have reached that impressive number! We always welcome contributions to the Continue reading

More Rumblings from Contractors not Using Metal

I feel like there is much more I would like to say regarding this issue and I hope today to get more information from contractors who are attending the Western Roofing Expo. I’m amazed and baffled by the lack of motivation I see from Continue reading

Rumblings from Contractors not Using Metal

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Yesterday was day 1 of the Western Roofing Expo and we talked to quite a few people yesterday. One conversation really struck me more than any other I had yesterday. I was speaking with a gentleman from San Diego who is a  Continue reading

George Strait Cowboy Hat at the Western Roofing Expo

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METALCON is at the Western Roofing Expo this week and we had the pleasure of attending the Presidential Welcoming Reception last night. By the way don’t forget to stop by booth 141 and say hi to us. A silent auction was held to benefit the Davis Memorial Foundation Scholarship awards. Besides great Continue reading

Friday Fun – Create the Caption

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So in scouring the internet for a cartoon or image for today’s Friday Fun I found this cartoon created by Ted Crow of the Plain Dealer Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. Check it out and submit your caption in the comments box.

GE Capital Provides $60 Million in Working Capital to Consolidated Systems Incorporated

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Yes GE is providing $60 large stacks (that’s millions) for those that don’t know to Consolidated Systems Incorporated. Some of us know them as CSi. They produce metal products for the commercial construction industry and for OEM’s. Interestingly enough GE has some Continue reading

3D Print Canal House

I figured I would continue the discussion from the previous post this morning involving 3D Construction Printing. Watch the short video on the world’s first 3D-printed house. Furthering on my argument from this morning the narrator of the video states

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3D-Printing Metal is Coming Alive

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That’s right a metal 3-D printed bicycle frame has been created in the UK. Renishaw is the only UK manufacturer of metal-based additive manufacturing machines and they have teamed up with Empire Cycles another British company. Empire designed the bike so that it would be a lighter and stronger Continue reading