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22 Oct 14: A pause for an inspiration


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Now to the inspiration for the week:


With my wife, Laura, now working in the aerospace industry for the last five years, our "pillow talk" is often cross-pollination of technologies from both industries--sort of a paper airplane experience if you will.  Recently, Laura has been heavily involved in additive manufacturing, that is, the concept of "printing" 3-D parts.


This came to me the other day after one of these discussions.  Why can't we "print" concrete foundations, walls and other such structures we need?  Why can't industry build us a "3-D" printer that moves through a construction site and prints concrete?  The "gunite" process has essentially been the early generation of this for years.


3-D printed concrete eliminates forms.  This is a huge savings.  We could also print small structures, such a pump foundations, with voids in them to reduce weight.  


Any thoughts?


Comments? Please send an email to
with "LGMI Frontiers" in the subject line.   
We received this comment from last week's column about over design:

I think you forgot the whole front end of this exercise.


  • Client requests a system that is 1.5 times what he needs.
  • Process engineer adds 25% to that.
  • Mechanical engineer adds another 25% and issues the PO.


Your piece of equipment is already 2.35 times heavier that it should be and it hasn't even been ordered yet.


By the way, the Germans are very good at NOT doing this.




Bryan Creagan

KSH Consulting

Montreal, PQ



LGMI Design Practices
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Brian Brogdon, Ph.D.
Executive Director




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