Introducing art-to-part automation for AEC.

Leveraging the unique capabilities of XFrame hardware our patented software workflow quickly specifies, costs, creates fabrication assets, and produces bills-of-materials for production. Welcome to the future of construction.


Automated QS.

XFrame eliminates crude per/m2 costing methods by dynamically assigning cost values based on actual component and deployment costs.

  • Automatically generated bespoke part costing.

  • Sub-assembly pricing informed from asset type.

  • Instantly derived labor & fabrication cost estimates.

Automation Assisted Shop Drawings.

Projects containing many unique elements have sub-assemblies automatically documented for factory shop-floor prefabrication. Documentation is easily adjustable as required by sub-trades. Integration with digital shop-floor and site workflows are possible on request.


Automated Deployment of Standard Assets

The strength of XFrame and our automated workflow is the reuse of standard modular building blocks.

  • Base geometry snapped to the nearest typical XFrame panel sizing.

  • Fabrication assets are injected into the model.

  • Assets pre-loaded with cost, carbon, and sub-component data.

  • Ready for immediate detailed take-offs.


Automated Custom Part Generation*

XFrame has developed a workflow to dynamically create custom 3D parts based on a nodal mathematical grid. The workflow enables rapid creation of new bespoke assets for projects as required. The algorithmically driven creation of custom parts is grounded in the structural logic of XFrame and expected conditions at nodes as determined by the designer.

*Current custom part generation is limited to standard panel widths (600mm or 1200mm base) and raked wall sections not exceeding 1:10 pitches. As XFrame's project history expands so to will the software's ability to quickly create more custom assets for production.


Asset Reuse Optimisation

XFrame has designed it's production workflow to leverage stock and existing pre-tooled production assets. This speeds up pre-production time, minimises the need to tool sheets between projects, and ensures the maximum utilization of sheet materials.

  • Standard pre-tooled sheets are loaded into a local file from a database.

  • Required standard part quantities for a project are fed into an evolutionary solver.

  • The solver works to identify the best set of pre-tooled sheets in the database, delivering the fewest spare parts and waste quantities.

  • Optimised sheet quantities are pushed through into a manufacturing schedule for production.


Manufacturing Work Instruction Packages

XFrame's automation assisted workflow generates a series of useful factory assets to aid in the effective prefabrication of building elements.

  • An automatically generated cut summary (a cutting list containing a list of the sheets to be cut, their versions, their tooling status, their material, a description of the sheet, and the quantity required.

  • A production cover sheet which lists key project manufacturing requirements (including the projects key contacts, the contents of the manufacturing work instruction, a version history of the manufacturing instruction, shipping and delivery details, and the project reference codes).

  • An automatically generated list of the parts (and the quantities of each part) included as part of the manufacturing work instruction. An optional automated export of each part in .dxf format can also be created if required.

  • Sheet-by-sheet cut summaries showing each nested sheet to be cut and the relevant tooling codes for QA and factory management purposes.


Automated CAD-CAM Tooling Workflow

XFrame can supply manufacturing information in the form of pre-nested, pre-tooled* and pre-tabbed cut file geometry. This workflow radically speeds up QA and tooling processes in the factory. The workflow also reduces the amount of upfront skill required to manufacture XFrame components using flatbed CNC equipment.

*Pre-tooled geometry references geometry sorted via .dxf layers into tool path types (cut line side, cut depth, tool size, tool type) which, when set-up in CAM software allows automatic assignment of tooling to geometry.


Integrated Cloud-based Project Hub

To support QA processes, communication, support and factory productivity XFrame supplies a cloud-based project hub (accessible via a browser). The project-hub acts as a centralised portal for progress reporting, defect notification, the raising of manufacturing variations, record keeping and more.

  • Factory Floor Workflow Integration

  • Tickets, Auditing, & Procurement Tracking

  • Cut sheet status Tracking

The project hub increases project transparency and project status reporting. At the completion of a project the hub can be used as a billing reference tool - reporting the quantity of each sheet manufactured.