As a specialty bender roller, we see a lot of domes come to us for estimating. One of the recent projects that came through to us was this dome trellis pictured below. The interesting piece about this project – it was designed using aluminum material. The dome trellis used a variety of rolled, rectangular tubes to create the shape and was likely designed out of aluminum to minimize the weight of the trellis frame. Continue reading Curved Aluminum Tube Create a Dome Trellis
Custom pipe bending is generally any type of pipe bends that do not conform to standard short or long radius bends in the standard bend degrees of 45deg, 90deg, and 180deg of rotation. In the pipe bending world, bend types are often called out and referred to by their respective bend radii.
With standard pipe bending this is done so by comparing the bend radius to the diameter of the pipe being bent. 1D, 2D, and 3D bends are often referred to as short radius and long radius bends; with the 1D, 2D and 3D specifications calling out the center line radius of the bend as the multiplier of the pipe’s respective diameter. 1D would be a centerline bend radius that is one times the diameter of the pipe. This means a 1D bend on a 6-inch pipe would be a 6-inch centerline radius. Short radius bends are specified to be 1D bends. Continue reading Custom Pipe Bending – 1D to 5D Bends
Civic Center Station in Denver, Colorado underwent drastic renovations last year. The station is one of the busiest regional bus transit centers, serving an average of 15,000 passengers a day according to RTD Denver. So, RTD and the City and County of Denver set off to revamp this station in 2015. As of December 17, 2017, passengers are enjoying this newly renovated station including a boomerang-shaped, curved structural steel canopy. Continue reading Curved Structural Steel for the Denver Civic Center Station Steel Canopy
A program I was a part of – The ACE Mentorship Program – is a national organization that gives students hands-on experience as if they were actual engineers, architects, constructors, etc. This helps demonstrate what these careers are really like day-to-day in real life. The Ace Mentorship Program also gives students a chance to work during the summer as an intern at a firm. This summer I was the intern at Chicago Metal Rolled Project. As an intern, students get experience in an actual professional field. Continue reading Curved Aluminum Leaf-Shaped Canopy
This summer, the city of Chicago hosted an international celebration for the 50th anniversary of the Special Olympics. The event just wrapped up on July 21, 2018.
As a tribute to the Special Olympics and to mark the 50th anniversary, the Chicago Park District and Special Olympics erected a 30’ tall, 10’ diameter permanent monument of stainless steel. The monument – named the “Eternal Flame of Hope” – is meant to “convey the hope for inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities.” Continue reading Rolled Stainless Steel Half-Pipe for the Eternal Flame of Hope
A recent project request came into CMRP from one of our customers to help them in recreating a unique feature for one of their clients. The client wanted to add a truly standout ornamental showcase for their building based on a piece they encountered elsewhere. The piece was designed to be a decorative crown for a circular tower with a prominent location on their building. A varied combination of tubes, plate, and sheet would be needed to recreate the leaf-like crown display. Continue reading A Crowning Achievement
Since January 1, 2018, trucking rates have risen 20 to 40 percent. This holds true for LTL (less than truckload) loads and full truckloads. According to the American Trucking Association, there is a shortage of 51,000 truck drivers nationwide this year – that number is up by 20,000 in 2013 and 36,500 in 2016. And by 2021, there will be an expected shortage of 100,000 drivers. Most of this shortage in the industry is the result of the new electronic logbook devices (ELD) requirement. Every truck newer than the 2000 model year is required to implement an ELD. Continue reading A Perfect Storm is Brewing
It was Thursday, March 29th just a day before the Easter Holiday weekend and while the phones were quiet for most of the day due to a vast majority of the industry gearing up for time away from the office; just after lunch the expected lone phone call rang through seeking much-needed help in a time of despair. The project was 24-02 49th Ave, Long Island City, NY. The building was purchased as a combined office/warehouse in 2016 but plans to turn the building into creative office spaces took a few years to come to fruition. Continue reading The Only Problem was Time
In today’s world of complex steel fabrications, we are all governed by allowable tolerances. Tolerances are important as they ensure a clean/neat fit up and or proper clearances. This confirms that at time of assembly everything fits as how it was designed; thus alleviating headaches or issues at critical points in the project where any mistakes could lead to bottlenecks and negatively impact the manufacturing or fabrication process. Continue reading Plus or Minus 1 Degree Tolerance
Architects and sculptors are continuously coming up with new ideas to use steel pipes and tubes in their designs and work. Steel is a popular artistic medium because it is impactful to the viewer, seeing such a hard material twisted and curved, often on a large scale. Architects and sculptors also like using steel because it is a material that stands the test of time. Now incorporate technology, and a steel artwork or sculptures becomes even more awe-inspiring. Continue reading Curved Pipe and Technology in Modern Architecture