According to Iwamoto (2009), computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) has been a mainstay of industrial design and engineering and of manufacturing industries for more than half a century, and with its help, there is the potential for the architectural design process to move more fluidly between design and construction.
“Architecture continually informs and is informed by its modes of representation and construction, perhaps never more so than now, when digital media and emerging technologies are rapidly expanding what we conceive to be formally, spatially, and materially possible” (Iwamoto, 2009).
“It is inconceivable today to imagine designing buildings without the use of computers” (Iwamoto, 2009). Digital fabrication is said to have spurred a design revolution, pushing boundaries of architectural invention and innovation due to the technological advancement of this digital, computerised age where seemingly everything can be done on a small personal device able to be placed on a single table in our comfort. Digital fabrication is subsequently present in every step of the architectural design process, from the conceptual design stage to construction (Iwamoto, 2009).