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Brian Ho

Google Glass and augmented reality are interesting concepts that we are waiting for with great anticipation.  We submitted a (non-winning) entry to Google’s prototype contest that asked “what would you do with Glass”.  This brainstorming exercise really got us interested in what commercial augmented reality products like Glass could do when coupled with modular fabrication and parametric design software like BIM.  3D models of a building could be overlaid in the user’s field of vision allowing them to see what they are to build in real-time.  Such “hands free” blueprint technology could really improve the already great efficiency on the modular shop floor.  What other ideas do you have for how this technology could be utilized in the building sector?

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I was visiting a jobsite the other day and noticed the sudden prevalence of tablets and smartphones, even in the dirty and often chaotic environment of a construction site.  At Mark Line, we can easily integrate technology in our factory as it is indoors and out of the elements.  This led our IT department to wonder what kind of apps might exist to ease construction workflow and assist buildings professionals.  The Daily Reporter delivered a recent list of the 14 best construction apps.  See what you think!

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The Mark Line family of companies recently welcomed a new member – a 3D printer.  Our sister company, Look Trailers, is currently using it to 3D print full-size models of parts and components.  Mark Line is excited to use the printer to create scale models of volumetric units to truly help clients and staff alike to visualize a completed unit as it will be built.  As a company that prides itself on innovation, we feel 3D printing technology, along with modular construction, will soon disrupt the construction industry as a whole.  Already, in Shanghai a company is 3D printing full scale homes out of a concrete polymer, and in Amsterdam a group of architects is endeavoring to 3D print a canal house.  Beyond even 3D printing, scientists at MIT recently announced they had successfully completed a prototype of 4D printing, meaning self-folding strands of 3D printed material.  This makes us consider the day when a wall can be 4D printed and automatically form raceways for electrical and mechanical systems automatically.  What do you think?