Prefabrication is not new, but the ability to work precisely has made the difference in the success.
In 1929, Konrad Wachsmann built a prefabricated home for Albert Einstein near Potsdam, Germany. In the USA from 1941-46, Wachsmann and Walter Gropius manufactured the Packaged House in Massachusetts. In 1946, Celotex of California took over and formed the General Panel Corporation, which lasted until 1952. The reason given for the failure of this early prefabrication effort was that,
“the facility’s equipment failed to provide the proper tolerance needed for the system to work, ultimately affecting output and, consequently, the bottom line."
(Source: Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling by Barry Bergdoll and Peter Christensen)
Precise CAD/CAM production data and documents, combined with accurate CNC equipment have eliminated this excuse for failure. Prefabrication is the way of the future for cost effective housing and commercial buildings.
- IFC import/export makes BIM easy to transfer between different software.
- Easy fast input of your construction into the 3D model with 2D input.
- Organized material, window, sheathing and metal connector list.
- Wall guidelines for automated wall construction.
- Easy access to machine files for post processor.
- Data base easily customizable to materials used in the company.
- Work environments for your different constructions types and these are easily shared among designers.