Mactaggart & Mickel Timber Systems Ltd. design, deliver and build around 200 timber kits for its own housing division each year. They also deliver 400-500 kits for other developers and commercial clients. To deliver high quality products in a competitive and cost-conscious market, the company uses digital timber frame design software. This helps them to maximise the efficiency of the whole design and production process.
Consistently high-quality output
Design manager Colin Alexander explained how digital timber frame design helps them design the complete structural timber kit. “The framing software generates detailed designs for our production team to manufacture into a finished timber frame panel or floor cassette.” The other advantage of digital timber frame design is the automatic generation of digital outputs to drive CNC manufacturing. “The software generates an output format that enables us to communicate with our optimising saws and frame lines on the factory floor, providing detailed measurements and programming to the machines.”
Working without Framing software would be challenging and largely unfeasible. We can process much more design output using the software than we could do on a drawing board. It would be hugely inefficient, and there is always the potential for human error. Colin Alexander, Design Manager
Digital timber frame design software drives high standards
The management team appreciates the guaranteed accuracy and savings on production time that can only come from a digital timber frame design approach. “You can get optimal yields from timber, and the consistency is superb. Framing software ensures we get the quality of our products right first time, and manufactured to the highest standard,” adds Colin. The company is looking to expand with new projects already in preparation. Planning ahead, Mactaggart & Mickel will also be able to tender for BIM projects. They are now fully BIM compliant and have, with the help of Framing software, the capability to output their designs straight into IFC models. Read the story in full – check out Mactaggart and Mickel’s digital timber frame software journey.
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