Modular construction is the practice of constructing or building the building structure using prefabricated,pre-assembled parts instead of individual elements. Modular construction is a very practical,cost effective,and environmentally friendly alternative to traditional construction. It eliminates waste by eliminating the need for materials and labor.
In modular construction uses large pieces of metal. These sections are “assembled” together to form the “frame”. These frames can be made of one material or several different materials. One popular material used in construction of this type is steel.
The frame structure is constructed with screws,which then anchor the assembled sections into place. The holes in the frames serve as entrances and exits for the sections. A variety of industrial methods are used to produce the frames,which can be one or several pieces of steel.
Prefabricated sections can be manufactured for sizes up to six by six feet. When several sections are to be installed,a smaller section is “cut” into two sections and attached to each other. When these sections are secured to each other,they are now called a “column” section.
The next section,the “pan” section,is then attached to the pan section. The pan section can also be joined to the other sections. These pan sections are not used alone but are joined together in order to create the entire frame. All of these sections must be purchased separately.
The use of modular construction uses panels to make the frame. All panels,which are made from a variety of materials,must be purchased before they can be used. Panel fabrication can be done in a variety of ways,such as via CNC machines,through hand-forging,and using sheet metal,aluminum,and fiberglass for the panels. The panels that are constructed from the frame are attached to each other via welds,rivets,or glue. These panels are then fastened into place. Each panel has either four,five,or six threaded inserts that fit into holes on the frame. The inserts then provide mechanical connections.
The vertical connections are made through rivets,screws,and hex nuts. The bottom holes are used to screw in the panels that are used in the frame. The panels can be stored in the sections until they are needed.
Sections can be purchased for all of the panels that have to be constructed. A single panel can be used for the frames,or it can be used for a variety of purposes. For example,the sections can be used to build a loft bed for a small bedroom or bathroom.
The frame and sections can be purchased together or separately. The frame sections,when purchased together,can be used to build a single room or it can be used to build multiple rooms. The frame sections can also be used to build a combination of rooms,such as a bathroom and living room or a bedroom and kitchen.
Once the frame section is built,it can be bolted to the bottom portion of the frame. An outside framing strip can then be attached to the top portion of the frame. A roof can then be constructed using the aluminum strips.
The manufacturing process of modular construction is also significantly less expensive than traditional construction. This process allows for mass production and relatively large quantities. The parts are also able to be assembled and disassembled much more quickly than with traditional construction.