PRE ASSEMBLING DISASSEMBLING CONCLUSIONFACADEASSEMBLING
DAY BY DAY /PROCESS / PROCESS / FURTHER DEVELOPMENT / SYSTEM /
HOW TO CLIP ?
2nd VERTICAL LEVEL
1st VERTICAL LEVEL
3rd and Last VERTICAL LEVEL
For our first prototype we
decided to push the system to the
limit, testing all the possibilities
that the system provides. So we
defined a more complex form,
with 400 pieces and 5 meters
height with a transition slope
in the middle of the roof and
an external terrace to place a
It is also important to mention,
that taking into account that the
vast majority of CNCs available
in the market have only 3 axes,
we also decided to restrict
the design solutions by using
only manufacturing strategies
possible for this type of machine.
Using the automation script we
are able to:
1- Sort the pieces by name.
2- Prepare the drawings to be
cut in a CNC machine.
3- Plan all pieces and organize
them by panels.
All this preparation ensured the
best use of the material and
During the first day of assembly,
we split into two groups. Four
people were in charge of bringing
the pieces of the deposit and two
others organized the pieces, on
the pallets, level by level.
In the end of the first day we had
all the base and the first horizontal
level done. It is important to
emphasize that after completing
the first level a “template”
was formed, which guided the
positioning of the parts of the next
level, making the assembly much
faster and easier.
In order to explore the potencial of
technology to create new solutions
in the field of architecture and
construction and increase the
quality and access to houses
around the world, we believe that
the only way is empowering people
by giving them the tools they need
so they can build their own houses
cheaply and quickly. Having it in
mind, we defined some concepts.
At this point, our expectation was
to test how difficult it would be
to disassemble the frame and
whether the clips would resist the
process. The goal was to analyze
if it would be possible to reuse
the parts and reassemble the
structure more than once.
After completing the disassembly,
we find that most of the Clips can
The next step is to continue to
further optimize the clip making it
even more reliable ..
1- The decision to work only
with small pieces proved to be
correct, it was easier to handle
the parts and it increased the
efficiency of the workers.
2- In the whole process the
structure was really stable, but
once we connected all panels,
as a bracing, it assumed
another level of stability.
3- For future development,
we intend to optimize the
algorithm to release it on our
website, allowing everyone to
work on its development.
1- The construction should take
place without the use of any tool
or need of high knowledge in
2- The assembly process should be
done layer-by-layer to ensure that
the construction is always stable
throughout the entire process.
3- Any complexity generated in the
production phase, that is, “in the
factory”, would only be adopted if
it facilitated directly the assembly
process, in the field.
On the second day, we set the first
and second vertical levels. The
joints worked well and it was not
necessary to sanding the parts very
much. The time required for this
phase was 8 hours with 4 workers.
Using a 3d print key, that can be
produce in any 3d printer that uses
ABS filament, we are able to adapt
a large variety of material to the
Milling contour 19mm depth, tool 110.
Pocket 19mm depth, tool 110
Text milling 2 mm depth, tool 103
Drill 19mm depth (circle d=10)
Pocket 9mm depth, tool 110
Pocket 19mm depth, tool 110
Thickness of material/sheets
MANUAL OF ASSEMBLY
84 SHEETS TO PRODUCE / PLANNING THE CONSTRUCTION / FINAL STRUCTURE /