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Revolutionizing Textile Composites Through 3D Printing

Posted by Craig Barry on Dec 29, 2017 9:02:00 AM

 

Few industries have gone untouched by the advancement of 3D printing. In the composites space, 3D printing technology has improved the printing process, allowing manufacturers a wider array of customization and applications than ever before.

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Topics: Textile Composites, 3D Printing

4 Famous Buildings that Feature Textile Composites

Posted by Craig Barry on Dec 20, 2017 9:02:00 AM

Textile composites aren’t just durable, they can be incredibly aesthetically-pleasing. Thanks to their endless characteristics of flexibility, GFRC and GFRP are two of the most sought-after (and cost effective!) materials used by innovative architects today.

Let’s take a look at four of the most notable buildings that feature textile composites.

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Topics: Textile Composites, Buildings

3 Ways Textile Composites Are Elevating Housing Design

Posted by Craig Barry on Dec 12, 2017 9:02:00 AM

Textile composites are changing the face of architecture. Composite materials are lightweight, they’re incredibly strong, and they’re more cost effective than many of the world’s traditional building materials. It’s no wonder they’re driving so much innovation within housing design.

Housing design has remained relatively constant throughout the last few decades. Composite textiles are challenging architects and real estate developers to rethink modern housing from the ground up by incorporating more cutting-edge materials such as GRFC and so-called “skins.” Let’s take a look at three of the most notable ways textile composites are elevating housing design today.

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Topics: Textile Composites, Housing Design

Can Textile Composites Minimize Earthquake Damage to Buildings?

Posted by Craig Barry on Nov 22, 2017 9:02:00 AM

There have been dozens of significant earthquake events in 2017 alone. Every time an earthquake hits, buildings (and human lives) are at risk. Whether deep or shallow, long or short, every earthquake poses threats to buildings not constructed with movement in mind.

How can better buildings – and, more specifically, better materials – lead to improved outcomes after earthquakes? Cutting-edge materials are innovating the process of “earthquake engineering.” Let’s take a look at a few of the most interesting developments of late.

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Topics: Textile Composites, Earthquake Damage

How Textile Composites Make Buildings Stronger

Posted by Craig Barry on Nov 1, 2017 9:32:00 AM

Textile composites have become an integral component in building construction over the last 50-75 years. They come in all strengths, weights, and materials, but they’re used in nearly every modern building on the face of the planet in some form or another.

Of course, composites are not a new construction component! Wood itself is a composite, and thousand-year-old mud huts took advantage of some of the most important benefits of composites. How are composite textiles – essentially composite “fabrics” that can be layered and manipulated – contributing to the advancement of structural engineering? Here are a few ways composite textiles are making our buildings stronger.

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Topics: Textile Composites, Buildings

How Textile Composites are Changing Architecture

Posted by Craig Barry on Oct 12, 2017 9:03:00 AM

Textile composites offer myriad benefits to the building and construction industry and thus, to architects. In addition to acting as a barrier against heat and moisture, textile membranes made of glass fiber reinforced polymers provide structural stability and resistance against environmental threats.

How are architects utilizing advancements in textile composite materials such as those produced by B&W Fiberglass?

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Topics: Textile Composites, Architecture