One manufacturing company named Arconic, this year is already looking for 45 years into the future.
Arconic manufacturing company, has projected a 3-mile-high equivalent to 4.8-km skyscraper which built from materials that are either in-development or have already been taken to market, including smog-eating materials and retractable balconies.
The tower was created as part of the company’s campaign known as The Jetsons, The Jetson known as cartoon aired in 1962 set in 2062. Arconic’s researchers worked alongside futurists to imagine the technologies that will be most useful in the future.
Chief materials of Arconic’s Sherri McCleary, says one of the most exciting and immediate projects is EcoClean, a special coating that helps structures self-clean and purify the nearby air.
The material was released in 2011 and offers a number of benefits over traditional pane glass windows, Said McCleary.
“The purposeful coating provides aesthetics, it offers maintenance benefits, and it also provides a benefit to the nearby environment by reducing the content of pollutants around it,” she tells Reporters.
EcoClean technology works with help from sunlit and water vapour, which mix with the chemicals in the coating to generate atoms known as free radicals.
These free radicals pull in contaminants from the air and break them down to get sloughed off the side of the building along with dirt and grime – nearly like dead skin.
The final result is a cleaner building surrounded by cleaner air.
Next innovation is in the windows themselves. The new design is called Bloomframe. Essentially, it’s a motorized window that converts into an all-glass balcony in under a minute.
Arconic has been showcasing the technology at trade shows around the world and will hit the market in the “near future”, a company spokesperson says.
Rather than spend more money on materials to build separate windows and ledges, The company wants to invest in flexible components that can make buildings more than just static giants.
Skyscrapers built from 3D-printed materials could stretch more than 3 miles in the sky, Said company spokesperson.
Some of Arconic’s other futuristic designs include flying cars, ultra-lightweight car bodies, and aerodynamic aeroplane wings.
In the meantime, it keep on working to push the limits of what modern-day skyscrapers can look like and do. Thanks to 3D printing, McCleary says many structures that aren’t currently feasible could withstand high winds and unique climates.
“We’re observing at optimizing the materials that can be 3D-printed to give more options to designers and architects,” she says.