Chinese Mega Printing
With architectural firms all over the world competing with designs for 3D-printed companies, construction Insurance firm CRL reports how Chinese company WinSun has moved past the design stage and actually produced single and multi-storey homes and other buildings from waste.
World’s Highest 3D Printed Building
98 Construction Patents
Collaboration with Developers
Waste Reduced, Output Increased
As we are seeing Design Thinking can be mind bending. And ‘thinking out of the box’ is one of the things we are noted for. As previously noted, we are, for example, proud to have been the technical and structural design engineers and manufacturers for the UK’s first amphibious house in Marlow. Our R&D strives to keep abreast of developments, collaborating with architects and designers to turn concepts into factory built components for on-site assembly. To this end we envisage the possibility of timber being disassembled as fibre and then used for printing. We believe we are at the forefront of making DfMA a reality. It begins with the way we design, specify and incorporate ‘appropriate’ technology into all buildings. It also draws together concepts from over 50 years interest in sustainable development.
DfMA at the forefront
As Off-Site construction matures into Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) it is clearly at the forefront as an enabler for such delivery. New homes will very soon be ‘Smart’ in numerous ways, including full incorporation of energy saving and TIoT (the internet of things) to deliver major components. This is something that ‘Off-Site’. DfMA (Design for Manufacture & Assembly) will need to seriously consider as the industry moves forward.
Greater collaborative ‘partnering’ between architects, builders and manufacturers is needed to accomplish this The greater speed, accuracy and quality that can result from manufacturing components in a dry, controlled factory environment, together with the ability tom incorporate (yet to be invented) ‘Smart Ware’ gives home builders perhaps the only way of achieving this, together with improved on-site build quality AND controlling costs.
While resistance to the change to DfMA has been the norm, the wish of most UK Builders to deliver excellent customer service and top notch homes is now driving an increasing number to choose Off-Site for their developments. Also, as ‘OffSite Hub” note, architects and designers are moving toward DfMA, something w have been encouraging for over 20 years. The emergence of LA Developers will only speed up this process.
Easy Timber Frame
To assist them in doing so our “Easy Timber Frame “ now offers standard size modular timber frame elements for them to use as a design base, cutting down on technical design and engineering to produce win-win results.