Fabricating architecture in the digital age

Digital fabrication in architecture is a relatively recent phenomenon, emerging over the last 15 years to become a substantial aspect of critical debate, professional practice, and education within the discipline. Essentially, it is a subcategory of Computer-Aided Design and Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAD/CAM) since it utilizes computercontrolled machines as tools with which to cut or make parts. While still relatively novel in architecture, CAD/CAM processes have been used in engineering and industrial design for more than 50 years in the development and fabrication of cars, airplanes, and smaller consumer goods. Components are usually designed and developed with three-dimensional modeling software, ...

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