A “Boring” 3D Printing Post as in Tunnels by Elon Musk’s Boring Company in Las Vegas

Center Station (Photo by Doug Mancosky)

I had a chance to ride in the tunnel system at the Las Vegas Convention Center built by Elon Musk’s Boring Company. If was a fun experience, although the tunnels were significantly tighter than I expected. The driver told us that a “test” they need to do as a part of training is drive through one backwards which did not sound fun to me.

The company recently held a tunneling competition with 400 applicants reduced to 12 finalists to compete in building an actual tunnel in the Nevada desert with their machines. The winners were a team called Swissloop Tunneling who used in situ 3D printing to reinforce their tunnel as it was being built. Pretty cool to see another construction use of 3D printing!

There’s a 3D printed “Fibonacci” house on Airbnb!

If you want a fun summer vacation and love 3D printing this is for you. A fully 3D printed house located in Western Canada is now on Airbnb. It’s actually pretty affordable too at around $130/night. It’s described on the site as:

The World’s first fully 3D Printed concrete tiny home on Airbnb.

This unique architectural home was designed based on the famous Fibonacci Sequence.

This is a fund raiser to help World Housing (.org) continue their important mission, solving the housing crisis.

Located in tranquil Procter, 40 km-s from Nelson, British Columbia. You can enjoy the grandiose view of the Purcell Mountains. Go hiking, mountain biking or take a walk to the community beach for a dip in the pristine Kootenay Lake.


Lots of dates available in August/September and it’s just over the border from Idaho, so go ahead and plan away!

3D Printing the Mars Perseverance Rover

Were you like me and glued to your computer for the “7 minutes of terror” landing of the Mars rover Perseverance on February 18th? Engineering things like a supersonic parachute, sky crane and an onboard helicopter to work remotely after a journey of millions of miles is mind boggling. However, 3D printing is on Mars too! You can read in a NASA article about how there are 11 3D printed parts on the rover.

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Visiting Construction of the First Freeform 3D Printed Building Facade @TVFCU Chattanooga Utilizing Branch Technology’s C-Fab® Process

TVFCU Southside Branch on 2/21/21 (picture by Doug Mancosky)

This past weekend I visited TVFCU’s new Southside Branch, located at 125 West 20th Street in Chattanooga which is about an hour from my home. This financial building represents the the first-ever 3D-printed building façade and uses a a patented 3D printing process called Cellular Fabrication (C-Fab®) by Branch Technology also of Chattanooga.

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3D Printing and Fireworks! Wetzel Pyrotechnics is a Pioneer in the Field

Watching the Inauguration Day events I was blown away by the fireworks.  The ABC news video has some cool stats about it, but essentially the sky over DC was on fire for 5 minutes.  I’m a fireworks junkie and am known for my annual display attended by family and friends, so the fact that the folks at Wetzel Pyrotechnics are using 3D printing with fireworks has me thrilled.

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