Inside the future manufacturing facility for one of New England’s largest MEP/HVAC specialty contractors, J.C. Cannistraro LLC, Jim Lynch rhetorically asks what software Cannistraro uses to control its shop-floor machines. “I bet it’s not Autodesk technology,” says the vice president for Autodesk Inc.’s BIM product group. It’s unusual to take a “Revit model and drive it through to our fabrication tools onto our manufacturing tools and then to drive the shop floor,” he observes.
That presentation took place during Autodesk’s annual AEC Media Summit on May 8 in Boston. The 3D design software company is trying to optimize its manufacturing and design products for industrialized construction methods, such as prefabrication and modular work.