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It’s hip to be square

It’s hip to be square

Containers are popping up in more and more places where traditionally-constructed buildings used to be seen. Scarcely an episode of the TV shows "Grand Designs" and "George Clarke's Amazing Spaces" goes by without some clever container conversion that morphs into a dreamy designer eco- home or work space. Architects, engineers, builders and other construction professionals are seeing the potential of container conversions to deliver affordable building projects that are portable, quick to erect and sustainable.

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Shipping container conversions used by Southwest Florida 3D to create mobile 3D printer rigs

Shipping container conversions used by Southwest Florida 3D to create mobile 3D printer rigs

The team over at 3DPrint highlighted an awesome use of shipping containers last week when they interviewed Andy Tran of Southwest Florida 3D, a Naples-based 3D print specialist firm.

The article explains how many companies who are investing in these extremely large 3D printing rigs are spending thousands on the gantries and frames to house the equipment, whereas Mr. Tran came up with the idea of using converted shipping containers for the task.

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Canadian man creates his ideal eco-friendly woodland hideaway from three shipping containers

Canadian man creates his ideal eco-friendly woodland hideaway from three shipping containers

Imagine having your very own home-away-from-home complete with under-floor heating, wood burning stove, a fully-fitted kitchen and shower.  Add in the fact that it costs virtually nothing to run, because all your electricity comes from solar panels. 

This dream became a reality for 29 year old Canadian Joseph Dupuis - an engineer at Algonquin College in Ottawa researching renewable energy - when he purchased three shipping containers and converted them into a woodland hideaway 35 miles west of Ottawa.

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Interesting feature on how shipping containers are made

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Secure Storage for washing products!

Secure Storage for washing products!

In this case very secure storage! This 20ft container conversion was modified with location points for railings around the top of the container. The box section forming the railing posts were transported inside the container for fitting on site. Once delivered and offloaded to the customer, the railings were fitted as uprights all round the roof and connected with razor wire.

The store is being used for laundry and washing products. The nearby residents, while encouraged to wash, are prevented from free access.

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