Andrew Watts, CEO Newtecnic, discusses the construction industry’s move towards robotics and mass-customization that brings designers and makers together for positive disruption within and beyond the industry
Digitalization, robotics and automation, have produced significant quality and productivity benefits in manufacturing over several decades.
In construction, however, while digitalization has very successfully automated design, the disconnect between designing and making is ripe for an industrial revolution.
And while innovative product manufacturers use technology to move from mass-production to mass-customization, the construction industry is only just picking up on DfMA (Design for Manufacture and Assembly) for repetitive mass production of standardized components.
This use of what can be considered an outmoded idea seems to be a retrograde step because the opportunity now exists for construction to deploy the very latest technology and thereby take the lead in manufacturing. [Read more…] about Opinion: Robots help close the gap between designing and making