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  • Xiqu Centre, Hong Kong

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    Curved Aluminum Facade Reflects the Cultural Heritage of the Xiqu Center

    The Xiqu Centre, a new Chinese opera house located in Hong Kong, features a stunning aluminum facade employing a Moongate traditional Chinese motif. The 320,000 sq ft (29,729 sq m) cultural complex, which was designed by Revery Architecture in collaboration with local firm Ronald Lu & Partners, acts as a gateway to the region’s Cultural District and […]

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    ARTICLE: The 50th Anniversary of the Specification for Aluminum Structures

    By J. Randolph Kissell, The TGB Partnership. In November 1967, the Aluminum Association published the first edition of the Specification for Aluminum Structures. The document’s purpose was to provide designers the means to calculate the strength of aluminum components in structural applications such as buildings, bridges, and transportation vehicles. Now in its 10th edition and […]

  • Titanium 3d-printed components

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    Boeing to Implement 3D-Printed Titanium Structural Components

    Norsk Titanium AS received an order for 3D-printed titanium structural components from Boeing. The parts, which are being produced by the company’s proprietary Rapid Plasma Deposition (RPD™) process, are the first 3D-printed structural airplane components to to be approved by the FAA. It has been reported that the use of these 3D-printed components could eventually save Boeing up to $3 million […]

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    Video: Aluminum Bridge Provides Pedestrian Gateway to New TD Place Sports Stadium

    The MAADI Group engineering firm, Montréal, Québec, installed a new aluminum arched pony-truss bridge as part of the TD Place Project, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.The strong, lightweight aluminum bridge, designed specifically for pedestrians and light vehicles, has an overall length of 30 m (98 ft 5 inches). It is constructed with welded, high-strength aluminum extrusions, […]

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    Structural Design: Going for the Gold with Aluminum Diving Platforms

    The YMCA Aquatic Center in Orlando, Florida houses one of the largest Olympic-size pools in the Southeast and is a favorite training facility for U.S. divers and swimmers looking to compete in Olympic events. The center recently completed the replacement of its old steel 3, 5, 7, and 10-meter diving platforms, as well as the […]

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    Sapa Design Manual Now Available as an iPhone App

    Sapa is making the Design Manual available as a downloadable app for iPhone and iPad users, available in the Apple Store (an android version is forthcoming). The app offers a new channel to reach architects, designers, engineers, and students, who are eager to learn more about aluminum and aluminum profiles.The Design Manual is a strong […]

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    Maadi Group CEO Talks Structural Design

    In our April 2013 issue, Light Metal Age interviewed the president and ceo of MAADI Group Inc., Alexandre de la Chevrotiere in order to discuss the overall history and business of MAADI and its work on bridge construction and civil and maritime structures. In the article, de la Chevrotiere points to aluminum’s advantages in structural […]