Concrete Products

MAY 2018

Concrete Products covers the issues that attract producers of ready mixed and manufactured concrete focusing on equipment and material technology, market development and management topics.

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26 • May 2018 NEWS SCOPE CONSTRUCTION In partnership with the non-profit New Story, Austin-based construction technolo- gies company ICON is set to transform global homelessness with 3D-printed homes. The companies recently built the first permitted, 3D-printed concrete home using a prototype of a mobile printer. The production version of the printer, called the Vulcan, will have the ability ICON, New Story unveil 3D-printed concrete home for developing world STANLEY B&D VENTURE BACKS 3D PRINTING STARTUPS The entrepreneurial Stanley+Techstars Additive Manufacturing Accelerator program for 2018 will support up to 10 entities targeting processes that build or print 3D objects by adding layer upon layer of concrete, metal, plastic or other material. The mentorship-driven program stems from a three-year partnership between Stanley Black & Decker and Colorado startup accelerator Techstar, and is based near the former company's Connecticut headquarters. Through 2018–2020 installments, it will support development of 3D printing, rapid prototyping, direct digital or layered manufacturing, and additive fabrication technologies. Stanley+Techstars will run this year's program in the third quarter, and is accepting applica- tions from candidate startups at Up to 30 startup businesses completing the Accelerator program will co-locate with Stanley Black & Decker's new Advanced Manu- facturing Center of Excellence, Manufactory 4.0, in Hartford, and have access to mentoring and resources to grow their ideas into viable businesses. — additive-manufacturing-program to print a single-story home (600–800 square feet) in under 24 hours for less than $4,000. "We feel it's our responsibility to chal- lenge traditional methods and work toward ending homelessness. Linear methods will never reach the billion+ people who need safe homes," says Brett Hagler, CEO of New Story. "By working with ICON and leveraging their 3D printing innovations, we're able to reach more families with the best possible shelter solutions, exponentially faster." "Conventional construction methods have many baked-in drawbacks and prob- lems that we've taken for granted for so long that we forgot how to imagine any alter- native," adds Jason Ballard, co-founder of ICON. "With 3D printing, you not only have a continuous thermal envelope, high ther- mal mass, and near zero-waste, but you also have speed, a much broader design palette, next-level resiliency, and the possibility of a quantum leap in affordability. This isn't 10% better, it's 10 times better." The Vulcan is designed to function with near zero-waste and to work under unpre- dictable constraints (limited water, power, and labor infrastructure) to tackle hous- ing shortages in underserved communities throughout the world. New Story's goal is to print the first community of homes for underserved families in El Salvador in the coming 18 months, and then through partnerships, scale up production to serve additional communities over the next few years. Housing will feature cutting-edge materials tested to the most recognized standards of safety, comfort and resiliency. Engineers at Austin-based Transtec Group donated their time to advise ICON and New Story on the concrete mix design for the home. Key criteria identified was flow prop- erties to allow the mix to flow properly out of the printer, and strength gain because if it was too slow, the concrete would deform; too fast, the concrete would clog the printer. ICON and New Story also worked in close partnership with several other organizations to develop the Vulcan printer including Pump Studios, Yaskawa Electric, Alchemy Builders, TreeHouse, Andrew Logan Architecture, Linestar Automation and the University of Texas. CONCRETE PRODUCTS SPECIALISTS Precast - Prestress - Block - Pipe NATIONWIDE SEARCH & RECRUITMENT Michael S. Stauffer 610-351-8070 Cell: 610-417-5503 • VP & General Managers • Plant & Production Managers • Quality Control • Engineering • Project Managers • Estimating • Sales • Maintenance • Machine Operators

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