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Exploring the Future of Making

  • Think PMI Is TMI? Here’s Why 3D Models Need Product Manufacturing Information

    Think PMI Is TMI? Here’s Why 3D Models Need Product Manufacturing Information

    Rather than relying on error-prone human interpretations, product-manufacturing information (PMI) lets systems talk to systems—ensuring better, more accurate parts and products.

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  • A Floating Lab Aims to Promote a Healthy Marine Habitat in the San Francisco Bay

    A Floating Lab Aims to Promote a Healthy Marine Habitat in the San Francisco Bay

    Researchers launched a floating lab into San Francisco Bay, aiming to cultivate an unconventional home for sea flora and fauna and gain insights into the bay’s complex marine habitat.

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  • How 5 Big Moves Kept a Small Manufacturing Business Alive

    How 5 Big Moves Kept a Small Manufacturing Business Alive

    During a downturn, many small businesses falter—or fail. See how one bespoke sign-making company instead used smarter tech and better manufacturing practices to expand and thrive.

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  • For Colombia’s Cancer Patients, Sustainable Hospital Design Saves Lives

    For Colombia’s Cancer Patients, Sustainable Hospital Design Saves Lives

    Emerging from decades of civil war, Colombia has a new battleground: cancer. The country is bringing out the big guns of sustainable hospital design to better serve patients—and the planet.

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  • The thyssenkrupp Test Tower Explores the Elevator Technology of Tomorrow

    The thyssenkrupp Test Tower Explores the Elevator Technology of Tomorrow

    At the thyssenkrupp Test Tower in Rottweil, Germany, engineers research emerging elevator technologies. The structure’s high-tech design and fast construction were only possible through BIM.

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  • This Visionary VR Surgical Simulation Could Reduce Doctors’ Radiation Risk

    This Visionary VR Surgical Simulation Could Reduce Doctors’ Radiation Risk

    Training doctors for surgery is poised to enter the 21st century, as virtual-reality surgical simulation not only mitigates radiation risks for doctors but also improves patient outcomes.

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  • Bamboo Transcends the Tropics for Carbon-Negative Construction

    Bamboo Transcends the Tropics for Carbon-Negative Construction

    Bamboo is fast-growing, sustainable, and stronger than steel—so why isn’t it used more for standard construction? New techniques promise to liberate the material from tropical tropes.

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  • For Product Design Engineer Jack Davies, Thinking About the End User Comes First

    For Product Design Engineer Jack Davies, Thinking About the End User Comes First

    Learn more about Amsterdam-based product design engineer Jack Davies and his philosophy on designing products with end users' needs met first.

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  • The Future of Making: Design Automation and Imagination [Infographic]

    The Future of Making: Design Automation and Imagination [Infographic]

    With the global population growing to 10 billion by 2050, how do builders, designers, and manufacturers create more while using less? The future of making is design automation and imagination.

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  • How One Start-Up Is Making Hyperloop Technology a Cost-Effective Reality

    How One Start-Up Is Making Hyperloop Technology a Cost-Effective Reality

    Although it often gets tangled in red tape, Hyperloop technology is gaining traction. Spanish company Zeleros has a plan—one that could supplant the pollution and inconvenience of air travel.

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  • Sacré Vert! A Green Renovation of a Midcentury Monstrosity in Champagne, France

    Sacré Vert! A Green Renovation of a Midcentury Monstrosity in Champagne, France

    Instead of tearing down a maligned structure to start from scratch, one company in Champagne, France, opted for a green renovation—staying true to the region’s sustainable ethos.

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  • 99% Invisible Podcast: Gender Bias in Design Ignores 50% of the World’s Population

    99% Invisible Podcast: Gender Bias in Design Ignores 50% of the World’s Population

    “It’s a man’s world” is an oft-cited trope, but when it comes to design, that bias more often than not turns out to be true. Learn more about it in this 99% Invisible podcast.

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  • Generative Design Holds the Key to the Future of Cool, Fuel-Efficient Car Design

    Generative Design Holds the Key to the Future of Cool, Fuel-Efficient Car Design

    Volkswagen revamped a classic VW Bus using generative-design technology, bringing a retro icon into the future of car design.

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  • The Reskilling Revolution Is Coming: How Manufacturers Can Survive Industry 4.0

    The Reskilling Revolution Is Coming: How Manufacturers Can Survive Industry 4.0

    Some fear robots may take their jobs—and they might be right—but as some jobs are eliminated, others are created. Read how some manufacturers are reskilling their employees for Industry 4.0.

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  • Japan’s Daiwa House Industry Is Using Generative Design to Retool Urban Housing

    Japan’s Daiwa House Industry Is Using Generative Design to Retool Urban Housing

    In Japan, land is scarce and housing demand continues to grow. Enter Daiwa House Industry, a construction firm using generative-design principles to reimagine how homes are built.

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  • A Robot-Made Habitat for Mars Could Bring Sustainable Building Down to Earth

    A Robot-Made Habitat for Mars Could Bring Sustainable Building Down to Earth

    After winning the prestigious 3D-printed Mars habitat prize from NASA, a unique design and engineering firm is bringing its next iteration of automated construction back to Earth.

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  • Designer Joe Doucet’s Secret to Success: Forget Inspiration and Embrace Fear

    Designer Joe Doucet’s Secret to Success: Forget Inspiration and Embrace Fear

    Learn about designer Joe Doucet and his 3D-printed concrete protective-barrier/public-seating project in Times Square, as well as his design process and how tech plays a big role in his work.

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  • 99% Invisible Podcast: Why Sand Scarcity Threatens the Building Industry

    99% Invisible Podcast: Why Sand Scarcity Threatens the Building Industry

    In this 99% Invisible podcast, learn about how sand scarcity threatens the building industry and how the AEC industry is exploring alternatives to sand as an ingredient for concrete.

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  • Could Machine Learning Improve Work-Life Balance in the Future of Architecture?

    Could Machine Learning Improve Work-Life Balance in the Future of Architecture?

    The phrase “work-life balance” can elicit eye rolls from architects. But machine learning–assisted design will relieve drudgery and allow greater artistry in the future of architecture.

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  • New Composite Building Materials Are Redefining Modernism at Exhibit Columbus

    New Composite Building Materials Are Redefining Modernism at Exhibit Columbus

    At Exhibit Columbus—an annual event honoring modernism in architecture—two research fellows are upending form and function using composite building materials.

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