Original Engineering for Original Designs

Part architecture, part engineering, Los Angeles-based firm Moore + Friesl operates as an intermediary between designers and fabricators to bring seemingly unachievable projects into being. Founded in 2011, the full-service practice focuses on digital technology to take complex and multi-faceted designs from concept to completion. “My parents have a friend who is a blacksmith. He worries that no one knows how to make things anymore,” says Marcus Friesl, principle of Moore + Friesl. 

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An Oasis for Innovation

Located in fabulous Las Vegas, custom manufacturer CT Design leverages home field advantage to bring new materials and products to the market. The local region – with its massive resorts and culture of suspended reality – offers area fabricators a rare combination of producing both volume and wow-factor. For Bryan Thatcher, owner and operator of CT Design, bringing new design solutions to clients also presents an opportunity to continually add technology and related competencies to his shop. “

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A Hospital in a Garden

More than 70 years ago, Alfred I. duPont established the Nemours Foundation based on a firm belief that “it is the duty of everyone in the world to do what is within his power to alleviate human suffering.” Today, Nemours is one of the nation’s largest integrated, pediatric health systems. In addition to clinical – and hospital-based primary and specialty care, the nonprofit is dedicated to improving the lives of children and families through research, education and advocacy. 

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mHouse Project

My son-in-law is a psychiatrist. My daughter is a clinical psychologist. Between them I get plenty of analysis, whether I like it or not. At dinner a few weeks ago I was explaining the progress of the mHouse Project, the stress, the challenges and the surprises we faced, but also the enjoyment of seeing it all come together. I told my son-in-law that I often wake up at 4:00 am and think I am crazy for embarking on such an aggressive and risky project.

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Great Possibilities

Advanced manufacturing engineer Jame Earle recently said to me, ”What is great about young engineers is that they do not yet know what is impossible. So they do not create and solve to preconceived limits.” Earle works with Local Motors (page 28), a company dedicated to using digital technology and micro-factories to bring new vehicle designs to market more quickly, inexpensively and efficiently.

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Environmentally Safe and Technologically Advanced Solutions for Powder Coating MDF

Solvent-free and energy efficient are important features for the high-quality coatings used in high-end furniture or kitchen surfaces. A new and highly reactive powder coating provides safe processes and environmentally friendly coatings for thermally sensitive wood substrates.

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Advances in Coating Technology

Inert coating technology. The name sounds rather unassuming, but the implications for this relatively new process of sealing composite wood panels are pretty exciting. In the most practical sense, inert coating equipment offers considerable cost savings and efficiencies when compared to traditional roll coating lines. Yet the process, which can impart texture, is also an elegant way to prepare a board for digital printing. Last year Cefla introduced inert coating technology to North America as a solution particularly well suited for manufacturers of wall paneling, ceilings and flooring.

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CT Design: Accuracy and Versatility

CT Design’s relatively small facility is a testament to the variety and volume of products that can be manufactured with state-of-the-art panel processing equipment, software and engineered materials

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