Courtesy PriestmanGoode and Hyperloop Transportation Technologies

Courtesy PriestmanGoode and Hyperloop Transportation Technologies

This week, London-based design consultancy PriestmanGoode and Culver City, Calif.–based research company Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) unveiled their first full-scale Hyperloop passenger capsule at an event in El Puerto de Santa María in southwest Spain. Called “Quintero One,” the 105-foot-long capsule is constructed from HTT’s “specially-made, dual-layer smart composite material,” according to a press release. The vessel is now headed to HTT’s research facility in Toulouse, France, for further development before being used on one of the company’s first commercial tracks. According to HTT co-founder and chairman Bibop Gresta, “Quintero One” will be ready to use by 2019. The two companies had unveiled their initial concept for the “Quintero One” passenger pod back in September 2017. [PR Newswire]

Littleton, Colo.–based general contractor Bristlecone Construction Corp. is now a Katerra company. This acquisition will expand Katerra’s footprint in structural concrete and framing industry and will expand its construction activities in the central U.S. [Katerra]

FIBERBOTS from Mediated Matter Group on Vimeo.

A research team supervised by Neri Oxman, the founding director of MIT’s Mediated Matter Group, has fabricated a 15-foot-tall architectural-scale installation with autonomous 3D printing robots. The structure aggregates 16 freestanding, translucent fiber-reinforced composite (FRC) tubes—each of which required approximately 1.2 miles of fiberglass thread—3D printed by 16 robots. [ARCHITECT]