Precut Framing Lumber

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The combination of building information modeling (BIM), engineered lumber, and CNC machinery, is bringing us ever closer to a structural frame that arrives on the job site as a kit of parts. How much labor expense could builders save if framing a house involved no measuring or cutting? --B.D.S.

 
 

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  • Posted by: Anonymous | Time: 2:55 PM Monday, December 06, 2010

    A local (Meridian, Idaho) truss manufacturer started a pre-cut/framed wall systems division just before the collapse of the housing market. A challenge faced by framing contractors was not necessarily in the product that arrived on site, but getting the walls that were constructed to within 1/16" tolerance to align with foundations that were not. Another challenge is that computers still have to deal with humans and "garbage in/garbage out" results in additional on-site framing.

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