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How Industry 4.0 is driving innovation in the wood sector?

New advanced manufacturing techniques combined with the Internet of Things are enabling the creation of a digital manufacturing enterprise that is not only interconnected, but communicates, analyzes, and uses information to drive further intelligent action in the physical world. The digital age in manufacturing is revolutionizing how we design, develop, fabricate, distribute, and consume products. Wood is the world’s largest construction material (by volume), renewable and sustainable. For instance, Oregon is the first state to produce a new type of wood building material that was certified as environmentally sustainable. The world today is profoundly dependent upon wood, paper, and other wood-based products in a wide variety of ways. With an increase in demand for building materials that are sustainable and renewable, wood-based materials will be an even more important part of our daily lives in the future. Yet there is a gap between the potential of computational design and digital fabrication and current construction methods that utilize wood. Our main goal at Oregon State University is to close this gap and bring greater sustainability to future construction materials and methods.

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How Industry 4.0 is driving innovation in the wood sector?

  1. 1. How Industry 4.0 is driving innovation in the wood sector? “A strategic question” Raffaele de Amicis, EECS, Oregon State University Eric Hansen, CoF, Oregon State University
  2. 2. In the current and future scientific and technological worldwide panorama, cutting-edge computational and visualization and fabrication techniques play a critical role for the development of new wood products that bring innovation into companies and ultimately improve the quality of life for society.
  3. 3. The purpose of this slide set is to stimulate a provocative and proactive discussion on how evolution of IT technologies may exploit the potentiality yet unexpressed of wood as a construction material in the digital age.
  4. 4. In the past, timber fabrication processes were focused on either manual work or mass production of single elements. Although these techniques are elaborated and efficient, they are also inflexible. This is the reason for an increasing amount of interest in computational design and fabrication processes, as well as the use of industrial robots. Digital fabrication substantially expands the range of manufacturing possibilities and offers more freedom for developing innovative, material-oriented and adaptive construction systems.
  5. 5. Is this a disruptive idea?
  6. 6. I believe is a natural evolution. The industrial age The digital ageThe wooden age
  7. 7. Information technologies play an integral part in architectural design and wood science and engineering.
  8. 8. Manufacturing has undergone many evolutionary stages and paradigm shifts. The paradigm shifts in going from a craft industry to mass production , then lean manufacturing, and finally to agile manufacturing and mass customizations. The digital age in manufacturing is giving rise to output devices that allow rapid customization and manufacturing, revolutionizing how we design, develop, fabricate, distribute, and consume products.
  9. 9. Wood @ Digital Fabrication Big data. Advanced analytics Human- machine interfaces IoT Digital-to- physical transfer 3D Printing New advanced manufacturing techniques combined with the Internet of Things is enabling the concept to create a digital manufacturing enterprise that is not only interconnected, but communicates, analyzes, and uses information to drive further intelligent action back in the physical world
  10. 10. The Wooden Age
  11. 11. The Industrial Age
  12. 12. The Digital Age
  13. 13. What Next?
  14. 14. Our research is focused on these four areas: Design: parametric design, simulation, generative methods, highly complex architecture. Manufacturing, fabrication and assembly: 3D printing, CNC and robotics. “Information” materials: Smart materials that respond to stimuli and can incorporate sensors and transmitters, also novel wood-based 3D printing materials. Smart systems and structures: monitoring systems, digital controls and interactive building elements. Virtual engineering: networked, virtual reality tools that open up new ways to work together and bring new forms of collective creativity to design and architecture.
  15. 15. With a specific focus on: Computational Mechanical Modelling of Wood Computational Design Modeling of Wood-Based Products: Advanced Timber Structures 3D Printing & Robotic Fabrication in Timber Construction Digital Fabrication and Design in Mixed Realities Environments Wood in the Arts, a Computational Approach to Artistic Wood Design Business Innovation in the wood industry in the Digital era
  16. 16. Thanks for your Attention. Raffaele de Amicis Associate Professor School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science raffaele.deamicis@oregonstate.edu Mobile: +1 (541) 908 6776

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