Rapid protoyping, CAD/CAM and human factors

Burry, M 2002, 'Rapid protoyping, CAD/CAM and human factors', Automation in Construction, vol. 4, no. 11, pp. 313-333.


Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title Rapid protoyping, CAD/CAM and human factors
Author(s) Burry, M
Year 2002
Journal name Automation in Construction
Volume number 4
Issue number 11
Start page 313
End page 333
Total pages 20
Publisher Elsevier
Abstract CAD/CAM techniques for rapid prototyping, profile cutting, and form sculpting/routing/moulding are well-advanced for the vehicle and manufacturing industries. Although their migration to the building sector is readily achievable as a substitution for much of traditional construction, there are factors that work against this. Apart from the singular 'one-off' nature of most architectural projects that limits ready exploitation of techniques derived in the main for mass-manufacture, there remains the problem of apprenticeship, and how to maintain a healthy lineage of skills for work otherwise less readily taken-up using automated manufacturing procedures. Continuing construction for Gaudí's Sagrada Família Church in Barcelona has provided a fertile test-bed for integrating rapid prototyping and CAD/CAM production where appropriate. Nevertheless, human factors such as maintaining the status quo with regard to apprenticeship and maintaining the skill lineage have provided some healthy insights into both the risks as well as the opportunities for greater involvement with CAD/CAM, and in particular, rapid prototyping in the building construction sector. This paper reports on and discusses the findings of case studies from the Sagrada Família Church project.
Subject Architectural Design
DOI - identifier 10.1016/S0926-5805(00)00107-2
Copyright notice Copyright © 2002 Elsevier Science
ISSN 0926-5805
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