FWPA Building Innovations

Cut My Timber

Cut My Timber is a large and technologically advanced network of experienced timber engineers and fabricators. They use BIM and 3DCAD models provided by the contractor, to input into their computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) and computer-numeric-controlled robots (CNC), which are used to produce timber and timber components for buildings. By making use of excess capacity at existing fabricators, they are able to make highly complex and efficient building systems available locally to both large and small companies, as well as to individual independent builders.

Benefits

The emphasis is on constructing buildings of extreme complexity both affordably and reliably. They make appropriate use of arising BIM technology. They represent a link in the supply chain that does not currently exist in Australia but would potentially open up new possibilities for non-traditional forms of prefabrication and for new specialist fabricators to enter the market. The technology is best suited to complex or specialist situations as the technology can produce a batch quantity of "one", relatively efficiently.

Limitations

Investment in the appropriate technology and associated infrastructure is required.

Comments

This approach could lend itself to operating under a Co-op arrangement - similar to that used by some other industries to mitigate and share the risk/cost of significant capital investment.

Website

www.cutmytimber.com

 

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About FWPA

Forest and Wood Products Australia Limited (FWPA), a not for profit company, is the Australian forestry and wood  products industry’s service provider, investing in research and development, and providing research results and generic promotions to the Australoian industry. FWPA aims to improve the competitiveness and sustainability of the Australian forest and wood products industry through innovation, investment in effective and relevant R&D and communication of the results to stakeholders. Read more about FWPA at www.fwpa.com.au

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Forest and Wood Products Australia
Level 11, 10-16 Queen Street
Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia

Phone: +61 3 9927 3200
Fax: +61 3 9927 3288
Email: info@fwpa.com.au