The Instant Cabin is a structure fabricated of one material
(plywood) assembled with muscle and a rubber mallet. Nails,
screws or glue are not needed for assemble and support.
The assembly of studs and sheathing are sustained by friction
alone. The project is an exploration of CAD technology with
computer numerically controlled machinery (CNC) to build
a complete house from computer models and raw plywood sheets
with no drawings or paper documents. The computer is used
to convert a starting shape into an assortment of specially
shaped components complete with a number. The designer builds
a computer model in 3D, subdivides the object into components
then flattens the objects to a horizontal position in CAD
before sending each component to a computer controlled router.
Joinery between components is so precise that all parts
stay together by friction alone.
The Cabin House answers the problem of construction waste,
time consuming design and confusing construction methods.
Today construction sites are littered with machinery and
skilled laborers who use many expensive handheld tools to
fabricate and assemble building components. Expensive drills,
screw guns, power saws and now computers have complicated
the process of needed to construct a simple home building.
Today the design and construction process is outside the
boundaries of the average person. In particular this method
of working is outside of the boundaries of unskilled village
laborers in need of housing, a major problem for developing