The adoption of computational design enables smaller teams of designers to compete with the larger practices, by implementing digital workflows into their everyday. This is also true for fabricators who will inevitable find themselves pressured by demands for realising complex geometry and advances in technology.
if/Lab has created a workflow for automating the modeling and documentation of panels from site measures that saves time and increases accuracy without the need for costly scanning technology- just a pen and a tape measure.
For the Forrest Chase redevelopment in Perth’s CBD, if/Lab has assisted Denmac with the documentation of sheet metal panels by creating a seamless workflow that takes site measurements and outputs models, drawings and laser cutting files.
At if/Lab, digital workflows underpin our daily practice. We are continually looking to develop our tools which include optimising information from digital design models to speed up traditional shop drawing processes and achieve new levels of efficiency and accuracy in the digital design workflow that support the complexities of construction.
if/LAB has extended the functionality of Rhino 3D allow for the modelling and unrolling of sheet metal. This bypasses the need for additional solid modelling software to accurately design for the fabrication of sheet metal and allows for seamless integration of design models from file to fabrication reducing time, cost and tolerances.
if/LAB in collaboration with Denmac have developed an automated sheet metal workflow that takes design models through to fabrication by linking Rhino 3D with Autodesk’s Inventor. This process increases fabrication efficiency by reducing need for remodelling, decreasing lead times and costs, whilst increasing accuracy and adaptability to onsite and design changes.