The Client: Facit Homes
Industry: Creators of individually designed, high performance, low energy homes
CNC Machine: MultiCam 1000 Series CNC router
“The MultiCam’s are immaculate in how they are made.”
Facit homes are an award-winning design and build company dedicated to delivering contemporary, low carbon homes. Established in 2007, and featured on Grand Designs as the world’s first computer-cut house, the Facit Homes team build differently.
Facit Homes have a unique approach to house building, using a CNC machine to cut their advanced structural system on site. Their MulitCam lives in a shipping container so that it can be moved around the country from site to site. This saves on both shipping costs and time, manufacturing overheads and puts Facit in a position to create beautiful, bespoke homes.
We interviewed Bruce Bell, Founder and CEO, to find out more about how their MultiCam fits into the story.
Why did you choose a MultiCam?
Once they had established how they wanted to work Bruce Bell set about doing a lot of research. “There were several reasons why we chose to buy a MultiCam 1000 Series Router from CNC World. They are nicely engineered, sturdy and solid but not too bulky with unnecessary weight. Other brands create over complicated machines that don’t actually do more. There was also the simplicity side (of running the machine) – you don’t need a PHD to operate them.”
What did our CNC machine replace?
“We had a different brand of machine. It was low cost and slow, we learnt the basics on there but when we needed to scale things up the original machine just wasn’t good enough.
The MultiCam’s are immaculate in how they are made. The rigidity and stability is so important to us as our machine is delivered from site to site.”
How easy was it to get started with your new CNC machine?
“Apart from the fact that we use our machine in an unusual environment, we haven’t had any problems with our machine. It was just plug and play!
We’ve had the same machine since 2010 and it’s still working fantastically. We’ve just had a full refurbishment completed on it and it’s as good as new.”
What advice would you give to someone looking to purchase a CNC machine?
- “Do your research
- Understand your expectations and what you require
- Are you a small workshop designing things on the fly or is it a production machine where the design work is done elsewhere?
- The accuracy is really important if you don’t have a stiff bed and quality of the base if you put a heavy material on the bed it can move – the difference of a few millimetres can be the difference of whether something fits together. In furniture and joinery this is obviously essential!
- Additional extras can seem like a great idea but do you need them? Don’t over spec!”