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The PBR panels deep ribs create an even-shadowed appearance. The area between the major ribs is reinforced with minor ribs. PBR is one of the most economical panel systems and can be used for both roof and wall applications.

Double-Lok is a metal standing seam roofing product attached to sub-framing using a vatiety of concealed, interlocking clips that provide for minimum panel penatration.

A unique feature of the BattenLok HS® panel is a vertical leg side joint that is mechanically seamed with an electric seamer for a weathertight finish.

The SuperLok® standing seam roof system blends the aesthetics of an architectural panel with the strength of a structural panel.

The Ultra-Dek® roof system begins and ends in the high, reducing the risk of leakage at the rake that can occur when finishing in the low.

The PBR panels deep ribs create an even-shadowed appearance. The area between the major ribs is reinforced with minor ribs.

ShadowRib panel combines aesthetics, economics and function to bring definition to metal structures.

The AVP panel produces a decorative shadow line wall creating a distinctive architectural effect with semi-concealed fasteners.

Architectural wall panel is ideal for high-profile architectural applications.

The Striated Wall Panel is an attractive and economical alternative to typical flat wall panels.

The Santa Fe® insulated metal wall panel has a flat exterior profile with a heavily embossed, stucco texture that mimics the look of a masonry stucco finish. Note: Not intended for exterior walls on cold storage buildings.

The HPCI Barrier metal wall panel is an air, water, thermal and vapor barrier panel that can be used behind any type of façade.

7.2 Insul-Rib insulated metal wall panel combines a traditional 7.2 rib panel design with a polyurethane foam core.

CF Mesa, Light Mesa and Partition wall panels are well suited for exterior wall and interior partition wall applications.

The ribbed profile of the Star CF Fluted wall panel provides bold vertical lines complimentary to almost any commercial or industrial building.

CFR is an insulated metal standing seam roof panel and is the newest innovation in all-in-one composite roof panel design, combining durable interior and exterior faces with Metl-Spans unmatched polyurethane core.

The versatility of Stars LS-36 insulated metal roof and wall panel offers a multitude of design options.

Tuff Wall® is an exceptionally attractive stucco-like insulated wall panel that provides the masonry look that many designers and communities desire.

Tuff-Cast is an exceptionally attractive insulated wall panel that provides an appearance of finished precast concrete.

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You werent around for the creation of paper or the invention of the wheel.   You also missed the birth of other life-altering creations, things like:

All these inventions were serious game changers, and you currently reap the benefits of having them in your everyday life. But your time has finally come. Now, you can brag that you were around when something revolutionary graced the planet. You were here when the human brain dreamed upand finally brought to fruitionsomething so extremely radical, it reeked of science fiction and maybe even a bit ofmagic.

Granted, the 3D printer has been living among us for quite awhile, but its just now creeping its way out of engineering labs and into the mainstream. So now that its officially here, what exactly is 3D printing and how is it going to affect the world of construction?

Answering the first part of that question isnt so simple. You can go many places to learn a lot of technical information about it and be mind blown. The science can be difficult to absorb. So in laymans terms, 3D printing is a way of making three dimensional, solid objects from digital files.

According toAtlantic Councils Strategic Foresight Report, think of an inkjet printer that goes back over and over the page, adding layers of material on top of each other until the original works are 3D objects.

So now the second part of the question, how will this magical printer affect construction?   Well, that answer isnt so simple either.

There are many skeptics that believe its just another invention, one that will be important, but not earth shattering. They believe 3D printers will have their place in the world, but they wont take over.

Well, China unveiled some 3D printed homes this year, along with other large-scale structures. And yes, people all around the world are starting to talk about these printers capabilities with hushed words and excited tones, but for builders, it is yet to be seen how it will meld with the construction industry.

According to Atlantic Councils report, 3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing (AM) is a revolutionary emerging technology that could up-end the last two centuries of approaches to design and manufacturing with profound geopolitical, economic, social, demographic, environmental, and security implications.

In other words, its a crazy invention that might really shake things upmaybe for the better, maybe for the worse, possibly bothdepending how you look at it. Or it might not do anything at all. The point is to remain calm. This wave of the future is still in the infant stages and will most likely benefit the construction world, uplifting its workers and the industry as a whole.

According to Atlantic Councils report andVIATechnik, this is how 3D printing could positively affect you:

Spare parts could be printed from any location.

Any manufacturing company could 3D print a large variety of products making alterations without additional cost.

Production and distribution of these items could happen at more convenient locations on tighter deadlines.

Entire buildings can be 3D printed into existence using a combination of concrete and composite.

Usual design limitations fly out the window. VIATechnik says, The ability to use curvilinear forms, rather than being cost and process limited to rectilinear forms, opens a whole new realm of design.

In all, we wont know how this strange and fascinating technology is going to shape our lives until 3D printing is fully embraced worldwide.

So wait, learn, and prepare when needed. Until then, embrace the now.

Founded in 1927, Star Building Systems has seen and done it all, from supplying tool sheds for oil derrick drilling sites in the early oil boom days to hangar buildings during World War II. We set the industry standard for innovation and technology. Most importantly, we have the best builders in the business.

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