Timber Construction 4.0: Potentials of Industry 4.0 for Prefabrication in Timber Construction

The research project aim is the integration of all relevant aspects of “Industry 4.0” in timber construction to show the full potential of the fourth industrial revolution. The focus of the project is to investigate relevant aspects of a cyber-physical production processes for prefabrication of timber building elements and systems. This includes: (1) subtractive fabrication of individual building elements, (2) additive assembly into pre-fabricated building groups through digital identification, manipulation, placement an joining, (3) intelligent logistics and (4) adaptive feedback and quality assurance. Through the integration of computational design methods, structural optimisation, digitial fabrication and robotic assembly, the project aims at developing adaptive and material efficient construction systems along two specific application examples.

 


PROJECT TEAM

ICD Institute for Computational Design and Construction
Prof. A. Menges (PI), Hans Jakob Wagner

ITKE Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design
Prof. J. Knippers, Simon Bechert

 

ASSOCIATED PROJECT PARTNERS

Müllerblaustein Holzbau GmbH, Reinhold Müller
Schlosser Holzbau GmbH, Josef Schlosser
WeberHaus GmbH & Co., Hans Weber
Kampa GmbH, Josef Haas
Cheret Bozic Architekten, Prof. Peter Cheret
Knippers Helbig Advanced Engineering, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jan Knippers
Homag Group, Ulrich Doll
Kuka Roboter GmbH, Frank Zimmermann

 

PROJECT FUNDING

EFRE European Union

Land Baden-Württemberg