Digital Cutting Meets Architecture

Feb. 06, 2021

For their bachelor thesis, two FH Dortmund students developed a six-meter long showroom. The showroom was produced in an innovative and continuous digital process chain. At the same time, digital cutting technology was used.

The basis for the bachelor thesis was their participation in the "Mextropoli 2019 Pavilion Competition" in Mexico. This international architectural competition required the design and construction of a pavilion that could be temporarily located in the city and meet sustainability requirements. The old and new traditional architecture was combined with a digital plan. The walkways are covered with wooden shingles and built with minimal differences in installation angles at a scale of 1:1. The two students were supervised by Prof. Volker Helm, who is an expert in the field of digitization of architecture. Prof. Helm explains: "Through digital process chains, complex building structures can be realized cost-effectively and resource-efficiently through automated, virtually waste-free production methods."

 Digital Cutting Meets Architecture

The material basis for the showroom is honeycomb panels, which are both stable and lightweight. The wooden shingles were put into operation by the S3 series of digital cutting machines, which the construction industry put into operation in autumn 2018. The necessary data is read from the 3D model and forwarded directly to the Schindler Zünd digital cutting machine. The digital cutter can then automatically produce a large number of individual parts, often with minimal differences in size. "Only digital manufacturing makes it possible to produce different parts in series," says Prof. Helm. In order to precisely position the 2,000 individual parts in the overall structure, a code needs to be assigned to all components. Using simple plug-in connectors, the showroom could be erected and dismantled in a short time, as well as recovering all components separately.


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