Visualizing the design and construction of civil infrastructure is a notorious problem for engineers. Undergraduate Jeff Bynum (in photo right) and his advisor, Dr. David Lattanzi, have been developing new ways of addressing this challenge through the use of 3D printing.
As part of their work, Jeff spent the summer designing, printing, and assembling a scale accurate version of the well-known AISC steel sculpture (red structure in photo with Jeff). The original sculpture was designed as a teaching aid to illustrate steel fabrication and assembly techniques, and the 3D-printed model exemplifies this concept at a fraction of the cost, size, and weight. Each individual section was modeled and printed in Dr. Lattanzi’s Advanced Infrastructure Monitoring research lab, per AISC-provided drawings, with a total printing time of over 125 hours.
AISC has publicized the project through several avenues, most recently through publication in their monthly Modern Steel magazine. Read more at http://msc.aisc.org/en/modernsteel/news/2014/september/3d-printed-sculpture. And learn more about Dr. Lattanzi’s research here.