MX3D Robotic 3D Printer

Video: MX3D’S Intriguing 3D Printer

We posted an article back in October about Dutch company MX3D’s plan to robotically 3D print a bridge over a canal in Amsterdam. Well a video has surface showing their robotic 3D printers in action and it is incredible. The system uses a 6-axis robot arm to squirt molten steel, through a nozzle that welds it as it comes out. Watch the video below and enjoy!

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I beams at Wrigley Field's 1060 Project

Wrigley Field Gets Major Steel Expansion

Historic Wrigley Field in Chicago is undergoing a large-scale expansion neighboring the ballpark. The addition know as the 1060 Project will be the new home of the teams clubhouse and offices as well retail space and an outdoor plaza. They are also building new outfield bleacher seats. A total of 880 tons of steel was installed in the outfield. Read more about the project here.

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Structural Steel Welder

New Remote Control Welding Technology is Improving Efficiency

New remote control technology is giving the welder much more control of the weld settings while at the weld joint. This is proving to be highly beneficial for welding when there is considerable distance between the joint and power source. Traditionally, remote controls required an additional cord running to the power source to control voltage, these are more costly to buy, manage and repair. Wireless is also an option but it leaves the welder no way to adjust the voltage without walking […]

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Bent Steel I-beam

Steel Strength and Stiffness Are Not the Same Thing

Strength and stiffness, a lot of people think that the two words are interchangeable but they are not. Strength is a measure of how much stress that can be given to a substance before it breaks or is permanently warped. Stiffness is a measure of how much you can bend a material with it still retuning to its original shape. Read more here.

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Microlattice

New Metal is 100X Lighter than Styromfoam

HRL Laboratories in Malibu, California has developed a new material they’re calling “microlattice.” It is made up of tiny interconnected hollow tubes that mimics the structure of bridge supports. By adjusting the chemical makeup up microlattice they can adjust the its rigidity to either be highly flexible to absorb shock or exceptionally rigid for structural support.Read more here.  

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