Design for manufacture and assembly in off-site construction: advanced production of modular façade systems

M. Arashpour, M. Miletic, N. Williams, Y. Fang

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Product development for commercial façade systems is a complex procedure. Since the Grenfell Tower disaster in London in June 2017, the import, use and sale of polyethylene core Aluminum Composite Panels (ACP) has been reduced. This encourages research on development of new façade systems using advanced production techniques such as additive manufacturing and CNC milling. The aim of this paper is to analyze the two techniques considering principles of design for manufacturability and assembly (DfMA). Results show that in advanced manufacturing of façade elements, a large percentage of project budget is related to acquisition costs for equipment such as CNC machins and 3D printers. Despite these high costs, non-traditional manufacturers are likely to see return of investments over future development projects for the modular façade systems.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2018 Proceedings of the 35th ISARC, Berlin, Germany
EditorsJochen Teizer, Markus Konig, Timo Hartmann
Place of PublicationBerlin, Germany
PublisherInternational Association for Automation and Robotics in Construction (IAARC)
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventInternational Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction 2018 - Berlin, Germany
Duration: 20 Jul 201825 Jul 2018
Conference number: 35th


ConferenceInternational Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction 2018
Abbreviated titleISARC 2018
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  • 3D printing
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • DELMIA software
  • Design optimization
  • Industrialized buildings
  • Management
  • Moulds
  • Prefabricated structural element
  • Primavera P6
  • Project planning
  • Rapid prototyping

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