Construction

First combined structural clay meeting brings 100+ attendees to Fort Worth

By Greg Geiger / May 19, 2017

The first ACerS Structural Clay Products Division & Southwest Section Meeting in conjunction with the National Brick Research Center Meeting was held May 9–12 in Fort Worth, Texas. Highlights included technical sessions, brick plant tours, networking, and an awards banquet.

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Arched design allows concrete floors to go thinner and lighter, offers green building solution

By April Gocha / May 16, 2017

Researchers at ETH Zürich have developed a new modular and thin concrete flooring system that weighs 70% less than conventional concrete floors and could offer a greener building solution.

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Video: 3-D printers could soon ‘print’ entire buildings

By Faye Oney / May 10, 2017

3-D printing is quickly becoming a ubiquitous technology in many industries. Now, a researcher from Massachusetts Institute of Technology has developed a 3-D printing system to construct a large building.

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Cultivating Mars colonization: 3-D printing method uses extraterrestrial soil to build biodegradable parts on site

By April Gocha / April 14, 2017

Researchers at Northwestern University have devised a technique to 3-D print soft rubber-like materials out of ink composed primarily of extraterrestrial soil. Using a biologically derived binder to hold the soil particles together, the team demonstrated that their unique method can 3-D print tools, building blocks, and other structures.

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Video: Inflatable technology turns flat concrete geometry into 3-D dome structures

By April Gocha / January 25, 2017

Researchers at Technische Universität Wien have devised a method to mold flat, precisely designed concrete geometries and then inflate the hardened slabs off the ground to form 3-D concrete domes.

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Sea sponges resist buckling by building optimally engineered glass toothpicks

By April Gocha / January 24, 2017

Researchers at Brown University have taken a closer look at the orange puffball sea sponge’s silica spicules and found that they, too, have evolved a precisely engineered design that provides the structures with maximal strength.

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Video: 3-D-printed dreams—Additive manufacturing creates custom concrete castle

By April Gocha / December 21, 2016

Minnesota-based company Total Kustom has built a 3-D printer that can custom-print concrete into whole houses—even castles.

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Tesla unveils solar glass roofing tiles as part of its vision for integrated sustainable energy

By April Gocha / November 4, 2016

Although most famous for making electric cars, last week Tesla unveiled its concept for solar glass roofing tiles that will expand the company’s vision for a future powered by integrated sustainable energy.

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New ‘sensing skin’ could save roads and structures with early damage detection

By Stephanie Liverani / October 11, 2016

Researchers at North Carolina State University developed a new “sensing skin” that can “detect cracks and other structural flaws that are invisible to the naked eye,” according to an NC State press release.

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3-D printing, clean energy, and next-gen electronics: Three materials scale-up trends to watch on National Manufacturing Day

By Stephanie Liverani / October 7, 2016

Every first Friday of October, manufacturing companies and organizations join the movement to raise awareness about U.S. manufacturing. From 3-D printing to solar to next-gen electronics, check out some of the materials manufacturing buzz we’ve been following this year.

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