File to factory : a case study of automated prefabrication house-building methods for small-to-medium enterprises
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Citation:Patel, Y. (2017). File to Factory: A case study of automated prefabrication house-building methods for small-to-medium enterprises. (Unitec ePress Occasional and Discussion Paper Series 2017/10). Auckland, New Zealand. Unitec ePress. ISSN 2324-3635 Retrieved from http://www.unitec.ac.nz/epress
Permanent link to Research Bank record:http://hdl.handle.net/10652/4027
The Eco-Digital Fabrication (EDFAB) research project aimed to investigate how automated prefabrication technologies and off-the-shelf construction products can be employed to disrupt building industry norms. The aim of this research – conducted at the University of Auckland and Unitec Institute of Technology from 2014 onward – was to provide small-to-medium enterprises in the construction industry with a pathway to upskill and increase construction productivity through the use of these processes. The availability of automated machines and easy-to-use fabrication software is increasing dramatically and this can be paired with readily-available construction products to produce novel mass-customised housing solutions. The research project aimed to generate discussion and provide recommendations on how the construction industry might support the adoption of automated prefabrication technology in small-to-medium enterprise. This paper is a longer version of a Building Better Homes Towns and Cities National Science Challenge think-piece commissioned by BRANZ for publication in early 2018.
Keywords:New Zealand, housing construction, digital fabrication, prefabrication, Eco-Digital Fabrication (EDFAB) research project, Unitec Institute of Technology, University of Auckland, computer numerical control (CNC), small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), construction industry
ANZSRC Field of Research:120202 Building Science and Techniques, 120101 Architectural Design
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