Behold the world’s tallest free-standing tower of dominos! Measuring 5.275 meters (17.3 feet) tall and made of 2,688 dominos, this awesome structure is the work of Tom Holmes, a structural engineer working at Arup, a design and engineering consultancy firm in Bristol, England.
Tom spent 7.5 hours carefully assembling his record-breaking domino tower. The actual construction took place after Tom and his colleague Roland Trim spent months of careful planning.
‘Like on any project, we tested our theories before starting construction,’ Mr Trim told Arup.com ‘Armed with that simple logic, we could start to design complex structures that would be able to reach great heights and stand up by themselves.’
The final result dwarfed the previous record holder by almost 20cm and would tower above the average double decker bus by over a metre.
‘As engineers, we’re constantly looking for creative solutions to solve problems so it’s great to put my skills to use in a fun task like this,’ he explained. It’s not every day that you can say you’ve built the world’s largest domino tower.’
Tom and Roland are now planning how to successfully break their own record by building a 6 meter (19.7 foot) tall domino tower. Good luck gentlemen, we hope you succeed!
Arup Develops 3D Printing Technique for Structural Steel | Via
A team lead by Arup has developed a method of designing and 3D Printing steel joints which will significantly reduce the time and cost needed to make complex nodes in tensile structures. Their research is being touted as “a whole new direction for the use of additive manufacturing” which provides a way of taking 3D printing “firmly into the realm of real-world, hard hat construction.”
Aside from creating more elegant components which express the forces within each individual joint, the innovation could potentially reduce costs, cut waste and slash the carbon footprint of the construction sector.
Salomé Galjaard, the team leader at Arup, commented: “By using additive manufacturing we can create lots of complex individually designed pieces far more efficiently. This has tremendous implications for reducing costs and cutting waste. But most importantly, this approach potentially enables a very sophisticated design, without the need to simplify the design in a later stage to lower costs.”
The urban buildings of the near-future will be tall, smart, adaptable, responsive, honest, modular, recyclable, clean, and deeply embedded into the systems of their host cities, if an imaginative vision from Arup’s Foresight team is anything to judge by.
A team lead by Arup has developed a method of designing and 3D Printingsteel joints which will significantly reduce the time and cost needed to make complex nodes in tensile structures. Their research is being touted as “a whole new direction for the use of additive manufacturing” which provides a way of taking 3D printing “firmly into the realm of real-world, hard hat construction.”