Programming a Parametric Design Algorithm to Improve Manufacturing Processes’ Efficiency: the Case Study of Glued-Laminated Timber
Pasetti Monizza G
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In the last decade, Parametric and Generative Design techniques become quite popular for form-finding strategies or for pushing automation in design processes. Nevertheless these techniques could be applied in engineering processes as well in order to improve the effectiveness and the efficiency of manufacturing processes in Building Industry (BI). Focusing on the case study of Glued-Laminated Timber (GLT), this paper shows the procedure of programming a parametric algorithm adopted by authors that pursues two specific design intents: reducing the usage of unneeded high-quality raw material and improving the efficiency of production processes by producing Digital Fabrication (DF) contents for standard production systems of GLT. According to different European and international standards, thanks to FEM simulations and curvature analysis, the algorithm allows saving at least the 33% of high-quality raw material and, according to early first surveys on a standard production system, the 30% of operation time among product engineering-processes.