University's Digital Fabrication Lab Develops New Solar Panel Structures

The Digital Fabrication Laboratory is a component of the Georgia Tech's Digital Building Laboratory, and it focuses on manufacturing, fabrication, prototyping, and construction – along with the subsequent testing and analysis of fabricated assemblies and materials. The Digital Fabrication Laboratory supports the Digital Building Laboratory by demonstrating building product and process innovation growing out of new practices, such as Building Information Modeling (BIM), on-site construction automation, and lean construction methods. In this video, assistant professor Tristan Al-Haddad describes how the huge, industrial-enabled CNC design lab allows students to test their creative ideas. In a project funded by the Department of Energy, the lab is finishing up the development of new structures for solar panels that are much lighter, cheaper, and easier to install than existing panels.