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CAD/CAM for the prefabrication of brickwork

: Bley, B.; Herkommer, T.F.


Automation in Construction 4 (1996), S.321-329
ISSN: 0926-5805
Fraunhofer IPA ()
Automatisierung; Baurobotik; Computer Aided Design (CAD); CAD/CAM; Hauserbau; Mauerwerkelement; Vorfertigung; Windows; Ziehstein

Applying automated methods to the building of brickwork houses means savings in both time and cost. In principle, two different methods compete with each other: "Robots on site" and "factory prefabrication of wall elements". However, prefabrication has already proved its advantages with a number of different manufacturers, where robots on site have not yet succeded beyond the prototype stage. This article describes a new flexible computer program, for the planning and manufacturing of wall elements, incorporating CAD interface possibilities. The program developed is a completely object orientated Microsoft Windows application which adopts a modular concept, thereby allowing adaptation or inclusion of the modules to other applications. The existence of such a program is regarded as a very important requirement for masonry automation.