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C-Fab

May 20, 2018No Comments

Freeform 3D wall printing Branch Technology has developed a systemic approach to 3D printing mesh structures that function as the backbone of a wall assembly. The Cellular Fabrication (C-Fab) process is based on the knowledge that

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CO2-Impregnated Polymers

May 13, 2018No Comments

CO2 infusion-based plastic coating CO2 has a negative reputation for its significant contribution to global warming. However, CO2 also exhibits some positive features that may be leveraged in product manufacturing. For example, the gas may substitute

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Functionally Graded Printing

May 06, 2018No Comments

Concrete with spatially varying microstructure Functionally graded materials, or materials with spatially varying composition or microstructure, are ubiquitous in nature. Examples include human bones, palm trees, or bird beaks—all of which exhibit optimal structural efficiency. In

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SolarWindow

Apr 29, 2018No Comments

Solar energy harvesting window Global energy demand continues to increase, and U.S. electricity demand alone is expected to grow 40 percent by 2032. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, commercial buildings consume more than one-third

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Van Gogh Path

Apr 22, 2018No Comments

Photoluminescent paving surface The Smart Highway project, developed by Studio Roosegaarde and Heijmans, envisions responsive roadways that employ energy, light, and data to create safer and more informative driving experiences. The team built a test roadbed

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Flectofin

Apr 15, 2018No Comments

Fiber-reinforced plastic with differentiated stiffness The Flectofin is a hingeless flapping apparatus inspired by the deformation principle found in the plant Strelitzia reginae, a flowering plant native to South Africa. The plant’s valvular pollination mechanism exhibits

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Smart Paint

Apr 08, 2018No Comments

Paint that monitors structural health Scientists at Glasgow’s University of Strathclyde have developed a Smart Paint for monitoring the physical health of the structures it coats. The paint consists of a mixture of fly ash, a

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Augmented Skin

Apr 01, 2018No Comments

Hybrid concrete casting system Augmented Skin is a custom casting process that enables the creation of complex objects and building components. The technique utilizes different materials in combination to create biomorphic objects that conjoin traditionally disparate

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Facadeprinter

Mar 25, 2018No Comments

Architectural-scale robotic printer The Facadeprinter creates large murals by firing paintballs onto walls. The software-controlled robot consists of a two-axis turntable and a pressurized air-based printhead. The printer “shoots” large-scale images onto a surface at a

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MX3D Metal

Mar 18, 2018No Comments

3D printed metal structures MX3D Metal is a multiple-axis 3D printing process that creates metal structures in midair. Developed by Netherlands-based Joris Laarman Lab in collaboration with Acotech, the method employs an industrial robot cleverly combined