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    Architect Designs Buildings with Fluid Aluminum Facades

    Kengo Kuma & Associates designs architecture to create a sense of harmony with its landscape, utilizing aluminum, wood, stone, and other materials to create a feeling of warmth and movement. This sense of harmony is carried from the exterior through to the interior to create a space that users or residents will find comfort in. […]

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    Designing Folding Bicycles using 3D Printed Aluminum

    Mark Walker of Montague Bikes worked with Shapeways for the production of 3D printed aluminum parts for their line of foldable bicycles. Montague Bikes is a mid-sized company headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The company is involved in researching, developing, designing, and testing bikes, which they also distribute. The 3D printing capabilities has enabled the company to […]

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    AAC Releases Anodizing 101 Educational Course for Architects

    The Aluminum Anodizers Council (AAC) released a new online learning course for architects, designers, engineers, building developers, and professionals. The course is available on AEC Daily, a continuing education website for building and construction professionals. The Anodizing 101: Building, Construction & Design course was approved for continuing education units (CEU) by the American Institute of Architects […]

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    New Green Building Guidelines

    The Aluminum Association released Aluminum in Green Buildings: A Guide to Green Building Development and Certification with Aluminum Products, which is intended to assist and support aluminum end-users—architects, designers, and engineers—in understanding how aluminum contributes to green building development and achieving certifications like LEED®. Based on key requirements of the current, most-commonly adopted green building […]

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    Rolls-Royce Tests New Aluminum Architecture

    Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has begun the testing phase of its development of an all-new aluminum space-frame architecture that will underpin all future Rolls-Royce models arriving in market from early 2018. “At Rolls-Royce Motor Cars we are uniquely focused on the desires of our customers and are driven by our own thirst to innovate,” said the […]

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    Aluminum Extrusions Frame 3D Printer

    Ultimaker is one of the big name producers of 3D printing equipment for hobbyists and tinkerers. In homage to the manufacturer, a software engineer from Austin, TX, designed and built a 3D printer based on the Ultimaker2 utilizing aluminum extrusions as its frame. By adding an aluminum frame, he was able to create a printer […]

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    Dive into our June issue — The Buzz is Building Sustainability

      The June 2015 issue of Light Metal Age has launched! The digital edition has been released to subscribers and the print edition will be shipped next week. On the cover: The London Gateway Port Terminal in Essex, U.K., utilizes an external frameless aluminum curtainwall system that allows sunlight within the building, reducing reliance on […]

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    The Ingenious Design of the Aluminum Beverage Can

    Bill Hammack from Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Illinois, details the engineering choices underlying the design of a beverage can. He explains why it is cylindrical, outlines the manufacturing steps needed to created the can, notes why the can narrows near it lid, shows close ups of the double-seam that hold the lid on, […]

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    Students Invited to Enter the 2015 Aluminum Extrusion Student Design Competition

    The ET Foundation, the educational and scientific organization devoted to promoting and advancing aluminum extrusion processes and technologies, and Bonnell Aluminum are seeking entries for the 2015 International Aluminum Extrusion Student Design Competition.  Scholarships in the form of cash awards will be presented to the top designs.  Bonnell Aluminum will be the sole sponsor for […]