Investment advances modular construction

August 4th, 2019, Published in Articles: PositionIT

Autodesk is investing in Factory_OS, a company that is improving the way to design and build housing that is more affordable. Factory_OS is constructing multi-family housing through an industrialised construction model. The company is bringing the construction job site to the manufacturing shop floor, delivering housing units that are constructed 40% faster, 20% less expensive and with 70% less waste than traditional units from on-site construction. With this strategic investment, Autodesk is supporting the build out of Factory_OS’ Factory Floor Learning Center, a space dedicated to education and research on industrialised construction and changes needed in public policy to optimise its benefits. This work will be led by the Terner Center for Housing Innovation. The investment also establishes a team to scope and plan for a new Rapid Response Factory, a factory setting using factory automations to meet the demand of quick turnaround housing following natural disasters and emergencies. Building on Factory_OS’ existing use of Autodesk tools, the companies will work together to identify new software collaborations to streamline the design, fabrication, and supply chain management of offsite construction.

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