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3-D printing shapes building industry, creates rapid construction potential

3-D printing shapes building industry, creates rapid construction potential

Written by David

March 18, 2019

Big Area Additive Manufacturing at DOE’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at ORNL was used to 3D print molds that were needed to cast the precast concrete facade of a 42-story tower in New York City. Credit: Oak Ridge National Laboratory A residential and commercial tower under development in Brooklyn that is changing the New York City skyline has its roots in research at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The tower’s white precast concrete façade rising from the waterfront site of the former Domino Sugar Factory evokes the form of a sugar crystal – a pattern created from 3D printed molds produced at DOE’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at ORNL. When Gate Precast, a member of Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI), was awarded the façade of the Domino building, ORNL researchers saw the building’s tower as the perfect platform to demonstrate that Big Area Additive Manufacturing, or BAAM, technology could […]

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