3D Printing In Construction: Building A House In A Day

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3D printing has been the talking point for quite some time and now, the construction industry is taking full advantage. Additive manufacturing is fast becoming a great asset across various sectors and thanks to new technology, 3D printed houses are a real possibility. How about building a house in just one day?

We see the benefits of 3D printing in the manufacturing, medical and the fashion industry from prototype to production. With construction in mind and large-scale 3d printers, it is now possible to think about bigger projects. It goes without saying that additive manufacturing is ideal for creating models especially in architecture where models are rendered prior to construction. Continue reading

Structural Steel Fabrication and Construction

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The construction sector has advanced and with it, many new and improved methods including the use of structural steel. Nearly everything in construction consists of structural steel with skyscrapers, large warehouses and shopping malls springing to mind. In fact, steel framed structures are commonly used across a wide range of construction projects including garages, residential housing and short-term temporary structures and for good reason.

Steel fabrication is used to create various components and products with different qualities for Continue reading

4 Smart Ways To Keep Fabrication Costs To A Minimum

fabricationThe construction industry along with the architectural engineering are possibly two of the toughest marketplaces in the world. Fabrication projects are often both complex and demanding where the final product must have high integrity and capable of withstanding nearly anything. It’s also no secret that modern manufacturing and engineering have changed considerably in recent years. Companies now find themselves under pressure to rapidly introduce new products, adapt to local market conditions and improve quality, cost and efficiency.

We can agree that one of the main elements of any fabrication project is cost. And by cost, we refer to Continue reading

Tunnelling feats of engineering

tunnelling machineAs one marathon amount of tunnelling is just completing another is about to begin.

The 26 miles of crossrail tunnelling, linking rail services from Reading and Heathrow in the West to Shenfield and Abbey wood in the East finished in June after 3 years of constant tunnelling. 8 giant tunnelling machines were used constantly to make the network of new rail tunnels, and whilst there are still stations and platforms to construct it is hoped the civil engineering work will be complete in 2017 with the new rail services starting from 2018.

The new services will allow an extra 24 trains an hour to run during peak services and will increase rail capacity by 10% carrying 72,000 passengers per hour through the new tunnels. 1.5 million more people will be able travel to within 45 minutes of central London.

However, as one feat of tunnelling engineering ends another is about to begin. The Thames Tideway Project preliminary construction works begin in 2016, with the proposed 4 years of tunnelling beginning in 2017. Continue reading

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