Plus, wind turbines soar to new heights thanks to 3D printed concrete, FLW’s School of Architecture at Taliesin to get a new name and home, and more.
With health care workers churning through face masks to prevent the further spread of COVID-19, the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne EssentialTech Center and Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, have developed HelloMask, a transparent surgical mask made from a see-through, 99% biomass derivative material. While conventional, opaque masks muffle voices, obscure facial expressions, and preclude lip-reading, HelloMasks’s transparency level could ease communication and comfort level between health care workers and patients. With funding secured, bolstered by the global demand for surgical masks, EPFL and Empa have created HMCARE, a startup to manufacture the masks. The group plans to launch the masks to the commercial market in 2021. [EPFL]
Energy and building industry giants GE Renewable Energy, LafargeHolcim, and COBOD have collaborated to create record-tall wind turbines with the help of 3D concrete-printed bases. Although most turbines fall short of 328 feet, due to the transportation constraints of a precast concrete base, these turbines that can soar past 650 feet using a variable height concrete base 3D printed directly on-site. Thanks to the extra boost in height, the turbines can capture stronger winds, generating even more renewable energy per unit. “With our groundbreaking 3D printing technology combined with the competence and resources of our partners, we are convinced that this disruptive move within the wind turbines industry will help drive lower costs and faster execution times,,” said COBOD founder Henrik Lund-Nielsen in a press release. [LafargeHolcim]
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