A framework for generative design and drafting for the manufacture and assembly of windows

  • Author / Creator
    Abdel-Jaber, Omar
  • The process to fabricate windows for buildings begins with information provided through a web-based tool (also known as a Configure Price Quote), which includes window specifications and geometric information. The fabrication of the windows in the production line consists of the fabrication of the frame, the installation of the glass, the installation of hardware to allow for the operation of the window, the installation of the sealing product, packaging, and shipping to the construction site. This research aims to develop a framework to aid the web-based configuration tool (i.e., Configure Price Quote) to enable the sales representative or client to order and customize windows and improve the flow of information from the Configure Price Quote to the assembly line. As such, the proposed framework aims to automate the design and facilitate the drafting generation for the assembly and fabrication of windows and their sub-components. The proposed framework builds on similar tools developed for the manufacture of other types of products to enable the identification of the material and hardware used to build a window and to assess the business and design rules associated with the type and geometric location of the needed hardware. The research described in this thesis was conducted in collaboration with one of the largest window manufacturers in Canada at their facility in Edmonton, Alberta. The findings of this research are that the proposed framework reduces non-value-added activities in the design phase and improves the flow of information, thereby enabling window manufacturers to provide customized products in an efficient manner. Another notable contribution of this research is its focus on automating the design and facilitating the drafting generation of windows to support assemble-to-order products.

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  • Graduation date
    Spring 2023
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    Master of Science
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