File to factory : a case study of automated prefabrication house-building methods for small-to-medium enterprises

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Patel, Yusef
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2017-12-23
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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
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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).Unitec ePress. ISSN 2324-3635 Retrieved from http://www.unitec.ac.nz/epress
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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.
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