Coping with skilled labor shortages, high demand and
pressure to produce more with less money, construction companies are looking
for ways to produce buildings using new industry techniques. As touched upon in
the Autodesk Redshift article, “6
Disruptive Examples Show How Manufacturing and Construction are Converging,”
there are creative forces at work that promise the construction industry will
thrive and grow. Following are a few of them:
A northern California company, ConXtech, is using Revit to design
and prefabricate standardized interlocking connectors that eliminate the need
for onsite welding of steel beams and columns. The chassis-based modular
building system promises two- to five-times faster field assembly, safer field
work, simplified process, and reduced waste. The system is also prequalified and
codified for seismic design by the American
Institute of Steel Construction.
Prefabricated homes are finding a niche in northern
California as residents are determined to rebuild after the
state’s catastrophic wildfires. Connect
Homes is powering through California’s labor shortage and building code
challenges with customized prefab homes. The allure of the company’s business
model is summed up by its slogan, “Built in a factory. Delivered in a day.”
Because site preparation can proceed while the home is being built in the
factory, the entire process takes just a few months, including install finish
In 2017, using all-concrete “ink,” a 3D-printed
residence was erected outside Moscow at a cost of $25 per square foot. But
ever since the first building wall was 3D-printed by Chinese company WinSun
in 2008, wall stability issues have been challenging the future of the process.
This is due partly to the length of time needed for one
layer of concrete to set up before another layer is “printed” on top of it. Fortunately,
new mathematical equations recently developed
by Professor Akke Suiker in the Netherlands that factor in materials,
dimensions and drying times are promising to engineer better results. Another
solution that’s been employed by WinSun is to use a printing medium that is a
mixture of recycled construction waste, glass fiber, steel, cement, and exclusive
Pioneering in digital manufacturing with industrial 3D
printers that use metal and carbon fiber, Markforged
is the tenth fastest growing technology company in North America. Complex parts
can be manufactured, rather than machined, using metal materials that include
stainless steel and superalloys, as well as chopped carbon fiber, nylon and
reinforced continuous fiber. Adding this technology to robotics and reality
capture promises to transform the AEC industry’s time-to-market and economic outlook.
Ever since Trex composite
decking transformed deck construction in 1996, standard materials are being
replaced by composites on a larger scale. Firms like Advantic are employing aerospace technology
for alternative, non-corroding materials like fiber-reinforced polymer and
polymer concrete. Combined with traditional materials of wood, concrete, steel,
and masonry, final products can be lighter in weight, more fire and UV resistant
and have over-capacity strength.
Growth comes from change. Around the world, companies are
realizing that they need to adopt innovative and technologically advanced construction
and manufacturing techniques and materials to keep up with that change.
If your company is interested in transforming your processes
using manufacturing techniques, contact eVolve MEP today
for a quick discovery call. The eVolve MEP experts will help you keep up with
the changes taking place in the construction industry.
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