Re: ARCHITECTURAL_stl file coordinates to full scale building

From: Marshall Burns (
Date: Mon Mar 25 2002 - 20:10:02 EET


    It wasn't developed for something as large as a full-scale building, but
Phill Dickens in the UK has done some interesting work in steel fabrication
by 3-D welding. The idea is basically a robotic welding head where, instead
of welding for the purpose of joining two parts together, the welding rod
itself is the raw material for what is being fabricated. He built some nice
pieces this way. There's a picture in my book of an automotive part. Last I
talked to him he was still working on improvements to the idea, but I'm not
sure of it's current status.

Marshall Burns

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From: "Jonathan Chertok" <>
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Sent: Monday, March 25, 2002 07:31
Subject: ARCHITECTURAL_stl file coordinates to full scale building

> List,
> Bathsheba's posting has got me thinking about some earlier work of mine.
> Does anyone know of detailed information that I might find with respect to
> gettting a 3D stl file (or CAD File) into large scale structural steel.
> there steel manufacturers or fabricators who can use a 3D wireframe with
> which to semi-automate a steel structure fabrication?
> If so, what do they need for the front end file information (a list of 3D
> Coordinates?), and how does the manufacturing process work.
> If anyone out there has, "been there done that", I'd like to understand
> one might go from a 3D wireframe of a building to a semi-automated steel
> fabrication shop. I'd particularly like to be referred to a technical
> in a state-of-the-art structural steel fabrication plant.
> Any ideas on where to start?
> Jonathan Chertok
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