As the lines between digital processing and physical systems blur, the design and build phases of projects are moving closer together. Seamless integration of these processes using pre-fabrication, modular construction and 3D printing saves time and money.
A recent report by the National Research Council (NRC), looking at how the US construction industry could improve efficiency and productivity over the next 20 years, suggested “Greater use of prefabrication, preassembly, modularization, and off-site fabrication techniques and processes.” Autodesk® Advance Steel models all of the connection and fabrication detail required to manufacture and put in place structural systems, saving time, and reducing risk on site.
Once only used in manufacturing, in the era of connection building facades, sculptures and architectural elements are benefiting from CAM and CNC machining. Known for its timesaving advantages, prefabrication is now recognized for being more resource-efficient, as tools include the relevant logic to fabricate off-site and assemble on-site.