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Convergence by Randy Deutsch

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CHAPTER 7DESIGN AND FABRICATION

Today, the building engineering industry is experiencing a convergence of critical needs where engineers, fabricators and builders expect greater levels of collaboration to keep pace with demanding project complexity and faster construction schedules. The forces driving this set of needs collectively is something we call “BIM to Fabrication.”—Michael Gustafson1

Figure shows four sided square formed by triangles on three sides and design on one side.

1 Deutsch Insights, Conception and Construction Convergences, 2017.

A further example indicating convergences in contemporary design practice that now occur at the meeting of two seemingly opposite forces.

Figure shows robotic fabrication machine.

2 Deutsch Insights, Convergence of Conception and Construction, 2017.

“Where does design end and construction begin?”

As with conception and construction, design and fabrication are converging. Today, we are seeing the maturing and scaling of digital design-to-fabrication tools. Until now, in piecemeal fashion design professionals output digital designs for laser cutting, 3D printing, or computer numerical control (CNC) production by combining 2D-to-3D workflows. The historical separation of design and construction means and methods—for liability, legal, and insurance reasons—is starting to blur, and the industry is moving closer to a unified workflow, moving one big step away ...

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