Appendix B-7: Model Use: Fabricate Product

Fabricate Product


Using information from a model to fabricate of construction materials, assemblies or modules. Examples include sheet metal / pipe fabrication, structural steel fabrication, wall panel fabrication, and wall assembly fabrication.

Potential Value:

  • Improved product quality through machine fabrication
  • Increased fabrication productivity and safety
  • Reduce lead time
  • Reduce the impact of late changes in design
  • Increased labor productivity and safety

Resources Required:

  • Design Authoring Software
  • Machine-readable data for fabrication
  • Fabrication methods

Team Competencies Required:

  • Ability to understand and create fabrication models
  • Ability to manipulate, navigate, and review a 3D model
  • Ability to extract digital information for fabrication from 3D models
  • Ability to manufacture building components using digital information
  • Ability to understand typical fabrication methods

Selected Resources:

  • Eastman, C. (2008) “BIM Handbook A Guide to Building Information Modeling for Owners, Managers, Designers, Engineers, and Contractors.”
  • Papanikolaou, D. (2008). “Digital Fabrication Production System Theory: towards an integrated environment for design and production of assemblies.” Cuba, 484-488.
  • Reifschneider, M. (2009). “Managing the quality if structural steel Building Information Modeling.”
  • Rundell, R. (2008). “BIM and Digital Fabrication (1-2-3 Revit Tutorial).”
  • Sass, L. (2005). “A production system for design and construction with digital fabrication.” MIT.
  • Seely, J. C. (2004). “Digital Fabrication in the Architectural Design Process.” Master Thesis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


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