FACIT’s new D-Process uses a compact, high-tech machine to turn a 3D computer model into exact physical components that can be snapped together like LEGO bricks. Lloyd over at Treehugger now reports how further development of the technology demonstrates the extent to which 3D-printed homes are slowly entering the mainstream of the construction industry.
At the forefront of the practice of digital fabrication in the building industry, FACIT uses CNC routers to manufacture “cassettes” out of sustainably harvested plywood. These are filled with spray cellulose insulation, creating a thermal envelope that follows the best design principles. The entire structure is made from low carbon materials and has no concrete foundation. Instead of resting on concrete, the house built using FACIT’s D-process stands on helical piles that can be removed from the ground in no time and without a trace.
Instead of using Building Information Modelling to simply optimize the design, this new generation of software would actually get rid of the manual manufacturing process and create an opportunity to manufacture building components directly from digital models. FACIT’s new houses that use D-Process are completely digitally manufactured using CNC machines. The company has started using this technology on high-end custom homes as well as affordable homes.