Black Buffalo 3D Corporation | February 09, 2022
Black Buffalo 3D Corporation (https://www.bb3d.io) launched its new, production-ready NEXCON™ 1G printer at the NAHB International Builders' Show® (IBS), the premier US home builder's trade show in Orlando, FL. Black Buffalo 3D is a leading global provider of large-scale 3D printers for construction and proprietary concrete-based ink. NEXCON™ 3D printers take the best characteristics of 3D printing and address traditional challenges in the construction industry, granting printer operators the ability to create affordable housing, commercial buildings, infrastructure components and historically pre-cast components on-site and on-demand.The NEXCON™ 1G printer specializes in single to three-story residential and commercial applications, with the ability to print up to three stories depending on roof design. Black Buffalo 3D printing is focused on building a smarter, more sustainable society through education, innovation and availability of its 3D construction printing equipment and materials.
Structures printed with the NEXCON™ 1G printer give builders a 70% reduction in materials costs, almost zero waste, and up to an 80% reduction in labor costs and build time. Print the frame of a 1,000 square foot home in under 20 hours. Black Buffalo 3D has successfully run its printer for 16 hours straight and it is so quiet that neighborhoods could literally be printed overnight.
"Our NEXCON™ 1G printer is a stronger, more sustainable, and cost-effective way to build affordable housing, infrastructure, and much more, One of the biggest construction sectors we will disrupt is structural precast. Instead of casting infrastructure components off-site and trucking them in piece by piece, we'll give builders the opportunity to print components like retaining walls and utility structures quickly on-site, with enormous reductions in cost and labor. Think of how much more the typical crew will be able to get done in the same amount of time."
-Michael Woods, CEO/COO of Black Buffalo 3D
Black Buffalo 3D is committed to continually improving new construction sustainability through waste reduction, localization, and materials science investments that leverage renewable resources, further lowering environmental impact and carbon emissions. It's printers and concrete ink are available by speaking with representatives or requesting a meeting on our website. The company is also working on developing a hemp-based structural concrete alternative to further reduce the environmental footprint of the construction industry and work towards a net zero future. Follow the company on social media for updates and progress.
About Black Buffalo 3D Corporation
Black Buffalo 3D Corporation (https://www.bb3d.io) is the NY based, US affiliate of HN Inc. co. Ltd.-formerly Hyundai BS&C Co. Ltd.–and subsidiary of Big Sun Holdings Group, Inc. Black Buffalo 3D is poised to revolutionize construction and become the leading global provider of smart 3D construction printers (3DCP), proprietary construction "ink" and 3D print construction consulting services. Print smart and sustainable infrastructure on-demand with Black Buffalo 3D NEXCON printers available now. Stay tuned for updates on our projects and development of structural hemp-based concrete alternatives.
Toptal | January 20, 2022
Toptal, which operates a curated network of highly-skilled freelance talent with business, design, and technology expertise that allows companies to scale their teams on-demand, released its latest e-book, Architecting Scalable Engineering Teams. The publication features insights from engineering leaders at five fast-growing companies into how they structure, manage, and grow their teams.
For many CTOs and directors of engineering, building scalable and successful software engineering teams can be difficult, due in large part to competing pressures and responsibilities. In addition to managing a growing team, they are tasked with keeping an eye on overall business objectives and navigating the pressures of their leadership roles—overcoming technical challenges, motivating the team, planning for scale, settling disputes, tracking key metrics, and reporting to executive management—all of which require them to make countless vital decisions daily.
"The structure of a team goes well beyond simply covering new tasks. It can actually help alleviate many management challenges," The experts we talked to agree that a singular 'perfect' engineering team structure doesn't exist, but each of their stories illustrates a common thread: maintaining flexibility to weather organizational or product changes and solve problems as they arise."
-Taso Du Val, Founder and CEO of Toptal.
The e-book highlights five different team models, acknowledging that any given structure for success rests largely on an organization's size, industry, and product:
Three-in-a-box team leadership. ActiveCampaign, a customer experience automation software company, uses this model to increase team autonomy as its business scales.
Stakeholder-focused squads. At Toptal, these squads are integral in building strong relationships between engineers and business stakeholders to ensure consistent delivery of business value.
Front-end/Back-end split structure. Cube, a financial analysis and planning platform, employs two different leaders—one to helm the front-end team, and another focused on the back-end team.
Satellite teams. At Cohesion, a cloud-based IoT company for smart buildings, satellite teams ensure rapid scale and eliminate the complexity of hiring, onboarding, paying, and managing each team.
Function-centric engineering hierarchy. Valence, a community for the next generation of minority leaders, utilizes this model in which each engineering team reports directly to the CTO, who acts as both the engineering leader and the product leader.
Across all five models, engineering leaders recognize the value of temporary help—whether it's to build their teams or to add expertise that they may not have in house.
"Sometimes, a project needs to get done, but the leadership team isn't sure if the increased capacity will be necessary in the long run,That is why so many startups rely on talent networks like ours to augment their teams. When you have an extra load, it's really nice to have an amazing network of talent that can help scale up."
-Marco Santos, Director of Engineering at Toptal.
As the stories in the e-book illustrate, engineering teams differ from company to company and can change over time. Learning from other engineering leaders about what has worked and adapting those options to a specific organization or product situation can help ensure a smoother journey and deliver better business outcomes.
Toptal operates a curated network of highly skilled freelance talent with business, design, and technology expertise that enables companies to scale their teams on demand. Founded in 2010 and now the world's largest fully remote workforce, Toptal has served more than 10,000 clients and with a global network of talent numbering over 10,000 people in 100+ countries. For more information, visit toptal.com and stay up to date with the latest by following us on Twitter, Instagram, and Linkedin.
SUNTX CAPITAL PARTNERS | August 31, 2021
SunTx Capital Partners, a Dallas, TX-based private equity firm that invests in middle market manufacturing, distribution, and service companies, today announced the sale of NationsBuilders Insurance Services, the industry leader in specialty construction Risk Management and Insurance. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Headquartered in Atlanta, GA, NBIS is a program administrator and Managing General Underwriter that provides construction and transport insurance, and risk management services for specialized heavy construction equipment, residential builders, and related transport industries. In particular, NBIS is a premier insurer of crane and rigging equipment, with an exceptional safety track record and best-in-class management practices for the industries it serves.
SunTx acquired a controlling stake in NBIS in 2005, with an eye towards building an industry leading platform that delivers compelling value for all stakeholders.
Ned N. Fleming, III, Founder and Managing Partner of SunTx Capital Partners, said, "The success that NBIS has had is emblematic of our firm's track record of partnering with our portfolio companies to help them achieve transformational growth and operational excellence. During our ownership of the Company, there were many opportunities to sell the platform along the way, though we were committed to investing the time and resources to build a truly compelling market leader, well-positioned for continued success."
Bill Tepe, President of NBIS, said, "Our long-term partnership with SunTx has enabled us to strengthen our market position by generating best-in-class, creative solutions to meet the risk management needs of our current and future clients. Ned, Mark, Craig and the entire SunTx team have been committed partners. We thank them for their contributions as we embark on the next phase of growth."
ABOUT SUNTX CAPITAL PARTNERS
SunTx Capital Partners, LP, is a Dallas, TX-based private equity firm that invests in middle market manufacturing, distribution and service companies. SunTx specializes in supporting talented management teams in industries where SunTx can apply its operational experience and financial expertise to build leading middle-market companies with operations typically in the Sun Belt region of the United States. The capital committed by SunTx comes from the principals of SunTx as well as from institutional investors, including leading university endowments, pension funds and insurers.