Centre for Natural Material Innovation – precision engineered timber
Innovative processes to make more platform components from timber.
Alongside a platform approach and other low carbon materials, timber can play an important role in delivering net zero buildings. To fulfil this potential, innovative processes for designing and prefabricating engineered timber will be needed, so that it can be used to create more modular, digitally fabricated and sustainable building components. The Centre for Natural Material Innovation is demonstrating what is possible; from curving engineered timber panels to joining timber elements using linear friction welding; while creating the digital workflows needed for the robotic cutting, offsite manufacture and on-site assembly of precision engineered timber components.
Innovation type: Kit of parts, Process
Organisation type: Research centre