Focuses on the usage of rapid prototyping in architecture. Definition of rapid prototyping; Description of various types of three dimensional computer model repid prototyping; Discussion on improvements of three dimensional computer modeling for architecture.
ARCHITECTURE & technology, RAPID prototyping, FACADE design & construction, COURTHOUSE design & construction, ART museum design & construction, and STADIUM design & construction
The article discusses the use of digital fabrication technology in large scale architecture and construction. Topics discussed include the use of the process in facade design projects by architecture firm Gramazio & Kohler Architects in their design of a courthouse in Bellinzona, Switzerland, architecture firm Kreysler & Associates in their design of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), and architecture firm 360 Architecture in their design of the Basrah Sport City stadium in Iraq.
PROTECTIVE clothing, THREE-dimensional printing, RAPID prototyping, and LASER printers
In this article the author talks about the construction companies large and small and even individuals are making plastic face shields to help augment the dwindling supplies of personal protective equipment for health care workers.
The article evaluates several products including the Cenpeller, an automatic strainer from Eaton Filtration LLC, the Self-Cleaning Turbo-Disc Filter from Miller-Leaman Inc., as well as the Model 502 Suspended Solids Meter which measure the concentration of sludges without being affected by color, from Markland Specialty Engineering Ltd.
3-D printers, RAPID prototyping, THREE-dimensional printing, and CONSTRUCTION industry
The article discusses 3-D printing and modeling in construction and design industry. It states that architectural firm Foster + Partners Ltd. in collaboration with construction company Skanska AB developing robotically 3D-print concrete. It mentions that 3D desktop printers are being used for rapid prototyping and printing of building models and component.
SKYWALKS, BRIDGE design & construction, and RAPID prototyping
The article reports that Fabrication is under way on a futuristic pedestrian bridge that will connect Seattle's Museum of Flight's main campus with an extension across the street. The tube truss design of the bridge's main 200-ft-long section, meant to evoke the shape of a plane's fuselage and the jetstream in its wake, presents unusual challenges in design, fabrication and placement, according to the author.
COMPUTER-aided design, RAPID prototyping, NUMERICAL control of machine tools, and 21ST century architecture
The article presents a brief profile and discusses the work of architect Marc Fornes, founder of the Brooklyn, New York-based firm Marc Fornes/TheVeryMany. Particular focus is paid to the firm's use of computational design, digital fabrication and a computer numerical control (CNC) machine to create small-scale projects made from sheets of aluminum.
ARCHITECTURAL design, THREE-dimensional printing, STREET lighting, and RAPID prototyping
The article illustrates how architects and designers take 3-dimentional (3D) or additive manufacturing to a new level. Topics include the Additive Manufacturing and Integrated Energy (AMIE) demonstration project of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM). Also mentioned are engineering firm Arup's street lighting project in The Hague, The Netherlands, Dutch firm DUS and its 3-D Print Canal House project in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and Gensier's 3-D printed office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
ARCHITECTURAL design, ARCHITECTURAL models, WEBSITES, and INFORMATION storage & retrieval systems in architecture
This article introduces digital tools for managing, learning and designing architecture. Features of information modeling software ArchiCAD 8.0; Specification of the three-dimensional rapid prototyping machine ZPrinter 310 from Z Corp.; Details of information available on design data and construction details offered by the Web site www.graphicstandards.com.
The article focuses on Texxus which is a specialized service firm offering surface design, texture design, and rendering and manufacturing capabilities. Originally envisioned as a company to assist designers in creating custom-textured surfaces for injection-molded materials, the firm now used 3D CAD/CAM technology to model complex geometries and surfaces that can be mass-produced using digital manufacturing methods, in any machinable material, including stone, concrete, wood, terrazzo, and rapid-prototyping materials. The company works on projects on various scales, from model development to full-scale manufacturing, and its services have been employed for both preservation work and new projects.
PROTOTYPES, ARCHITECTURE, WOOD veneers & veneering, and WOOD products
This article reports that Kolatan/MacDonald showed its long-term project, Resi-Rise, using three new means of expression: a model made of Dupont Corian; a small but complex model made with rapid prototyping equipment; and a new kind of hologram. The 8-foot-high model, made of exterior Corian, was fabricated by Evans & Paul Unlimited, of College Point, New York. In the first part of the process, Autodesk Architectural Desktop 2005 was used to drive a CNC router. This cut out plywood shapes, which were stacked to create a multipart mold. Two-by-3-foot rectangles of Corian material were heated until flexible, placed between halves of the mold, and sealed in a neoprene vacuum bag. The project was also illustrated in two dimensions using a recently developed type of complex hologram created by Zebra Imaging of Austin, Texas.
CONSTRUCTION industry, TECHNOLOGICAL innovations, DIGITAL technology, DIGITAL media, THREE-dimensional printing, RAPID prototyping, and SELF-folding structures & materials
The article offers information about the adoption of digital technology and innovation in the construction industry to provide speed, accuracy, and safety. It discusses the creation of seismically sound 3D printed homes as well as drone-enabled safety solutions in visualizing and constructing building systems.
ENGINEERING equipment, MEASURING instruments, and ELECTRIC drills
The article evaluates several engineering products, including FDM 360mc fabrication system for prototyping and direct-digital manufacturing applications from Stratasys Inc., the Pi-Piper customized tape measure from Pi-Piper and the Concrete Drill Finisher drill attachment for finishing concrete from Materials for Less.
PRODUCT lines, TOOLS, LITHIUM-ion batteries, and PROTOTYPES
An interview with lead project engineer Eva Dixon and Christine Potter, director of new business marketing at DeWalt, is presented. When asked about the drive behind creating DeWalt's new line of hand tools, Potter cites recent advancements in lithium-ion battery technology. Dixon explains the technical problems that had to be overcome during development. Dixon also discusses the prototyping process and how it contributed to the development of the tool.
Reports that construction workers are using virtual equipment programs to learn to run equipment and also engineers are using this equipment to avoid miscalculations. Creation of training simulators; Different types of virtual prototyping; Place where simulators were on show; Advances for construction equipment.
Architectural Record. Dec1999, Vol. 187 Issue 12, p39-40. 2p. 6 Black and White Photographs.
ARCHITECTURAL models and PROTOTYPES
Discusses various rapid prototyping technologies used in the creation of architectural models. Includes stereo lithography apparatus; Selective laser sintering; Fused deposition modeling; Laminated object manufacturing.
SYSTEMS engineering, COMPUTER software, ENGINEERS, VOCATIONAL guidance, FINITE element method, and HEAT transfer
The article gives information about computers and computer software used in systems engineering. Fluent Inc.'s Airpak 2.1 is an update of the firm's virtual prototyping software that lets users model airflow, heat transfer, contaminant transport and thermal comfort in their ventilation system. Algor Inc.'s finite element analysis software is being incorporated into the curriculum of the Universidad Centro Americana in El Salvador in an effort to better prepare students for professional engineering careers in the global marketplace.
THREE-dimensional printing, COMPUTER-aided design, and RAPID prototyping
The article offers information on the strategy being employed by 3D printing startup Branch Technology to sketch out the shape of wall with the help of three-dimensional (3D) printing. Topics include views of its founder Platt Boyd on maximizing the use of 3D printing, use of computer-aided design (CAD) models, and its 3D-printed plastic skeletons.
BUSINESS enterprises, COMMERCIAL products, TEXTILES, NEW product development, PRODUCT management, and RAPID prototyping
The article presents information on new colors and panel size being selected for acoustic ceiling panels. Following success in earlier missions Techstyle ceiling panel launch, Hunter Douglas Specialty product Division has added new products to the line, including two textile colors in off-white and black and a 2' x 6' panel format. The new panels feature the same acoustic properties and monolithic appearance of the original line, as well as the clip/hinge system that allows the panels to swing down for easy access to the plenum.
CORRECTIONAL institutions -- Design & construction, PRISON design & construction, BUILDING information modeling, MANAGEMENT of information resources in construction industry, and RAPID prototyping
The article reports on designing of custom correctional facilities using building information modeling (BIM) and off-site digital fabrication. McGraw Hill Construction Dodge data showed the growing annual construction starts for correctional facilities due to the increase in the number of inmates in the U.S. Architect Carlos Garciavelez y Cortazar (CGV) and contractor ICA's use of CasaFlex patented system for facility design and manufacturing is discussed.