Advancements in Digital Fabrication Moving Design and Construction Forward

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Robison Wells
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A recent case study was conducted by the American architectural, planning and engineering firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) that show its recent advancements within digital fabrication. Its 3D-printed building project, called AMIE (Additive Manufacturing and Integrated Energy), was showcased at the Building Design + Construction’s (BD+C) Accelerate Live! Conference last month in Chicago.

The speakers from the firm, Lucas Tryggestad and Kyle Vansice, explained how this new technology is benefiting the construction industry. This study was a collaboration between Oak Ridge National Laboratory (, the University of Tennessee Knoxville ( and many architects and engineers at SOM (, among many others.

“Traditionally, we’re really interested in digital technology. I think as we move forward, especially in case studies like this, we’re becoming more and more interested in how the digital meets the material,” said Vansice, architectural professional at SOM.

The project yielded results that have the potential to bring about new materials and methods for design and construction. These include the ability to design with zero waste, apply complex geometries and create a physical manifestation of the digital design. SOM is interested in sustainability and reducing its carbon footprint.

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