Providing the missing link: As pioneers of building information modeling, we close the process chain that links a construction idea to its fabrication.
For years we have enabled non-standard projects of high complexity to take flight and have supported architects, planning experts and manufacturers in reaching new heights of efficiency, safety and quality.
Design-to-Production – we master complexity
Managing partner and contact for Digital Planning and Consultancy
Managing partner and contact for Software Design
Managing Director and contact for Digital Fabrication
Contact for Design & Development
Whether for a competition, a design or a realisation: Design-to-Production supports you with parametric planning, bringing your aspirations of form, function, and construction into harmony.
We create detailed 3D models in fabrication quality, enabling the spatial coordination of different trades, and we generate a reliable basis for the tendering and execution of complex architecture.
With the help of parametric CAD modelling, Design-to-Production initiates a safe and efficient route for you, from concept to machine - from design to production.
We provide 3D construction documentation and process the data required for CNC controlled fabrication, and we ensure that, in the end, all the components fit together perfectly.
T +41 (0) 44 914 74 94
In addition to projects, Design-to-Production offers tailor-made software solutions, which go far beyond the standard CAD/CAM applications.
Take advantage of our experience in dealing with automation and with the structured processing of complex building components.
T +41 (0) 44 914 74 92
In parallel with new technical solutions, the digital transformation of the building industry demands, above all, new ways of thinking. Abandoning the old, well-worn paths lies at the core of our business model, and this has enabled Design-to-Production to become a pioneer in digital building construction.
If you, too, wish to strike out in a new direction and to generate new opportunities, we can support you with sound consultancy based on over ten years of applied research and practical experience.
Design & Development
As an innovative company, Design-to-Production works with both universities and partners in industry on international research projects.
We are involved in specialist conferences, and take part in symposia and review committees. Furthermore we contribute our know-how to development projects, both as external consultants and as expert witnesses for the digital chain.
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Design-to-Production was founded in 2007 by Fabian Scheurer and Arnold Walz. Together, the IT specialist and the architect soon realised that each of them was active, one at the beginning and one at the end, in the same digital process chain, but that, between these extremes, many links were missing. So they became the first to offer Production-oriented data modelling as an independent service. In 2009 Hanno Stehling joined the team, and then, two years later, Johannes Kuhnen.
The firm, based in a former textile factory in Erlenbach near Zürich as well as in Stuttgart, has enabled over 35 ground-breaking projects to date – cooperating with such renowned architects and architectural offices as SANAA, UN Studio, Zaha Hadid, Shigeru Ban, and Renzo Piano.
“We have realized numerous freeform wood projects in collaboration with D2P, each of which has featured perfect data processing for the Lamination and CNC timber framing of the highest quality. We’re looking forward to pursuing our next project with them!
Mathias Hofmann, CEO, Hess Timber
“Design-to-Production achieves – with deep understanding – the transformation of a design, proceeding from a vision of what is technically feasible through to the CNC manufacture.”
Hermannn Blumer, Création Holz GmbH
“D2P brings architectural dreams into being.”
Christian Furter, project leader, IttenBrechbühl
“D2P employs its digital chisel skillfully, straightforwardly and with a view to ensuring premium quality, all in the service of increasing efficiency and enhancing the possibilities of the production process.”
Tobias Hohermuth, CEO, Tuchschmid AG
“Proactive, precise, partner-like in approach and professional through and through – that has been our experience when collaborating with D2P to bring our freeform projects to life.”
Katharina Lehmann, chairwomen of the board , Blumer-Lehmann AG
«What kind of drugs do you take? You're crazy!»
Loïc Simonin, Simonin Wood Solutions
“Technically brilliant, personable during the development phase of a project and laser-focused when executing it. The support of D2P has been decisive in the success of our projects.”
Michael Schob, CEO, 5D Engineering
A pioneering spirit seems to blow through our lakeside offices. Because, here at Design-to-Production, an interdisciplinary team of highly specialised technical consultants apply just the right amount of curiosity and passion to build quality, efficiency and safety into our digital planning processes.
Fabian Scheurer studied informatics with subsidiary studies in architecture, and began his professional career as an assistant in the CAAD department at the Technical University in Munich. Appointments followed as a software engineer in Munich, as well as a consultant for new media in Zurich. He was a research assistant at the CAAD Chair at the ETH Zurich, where the idea to set up his own company evolved. Fabian Scheurer has been a managing partner at Design-to-Production since 2007, alongside which he has taught as a guest lecturer at the Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA, London), the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalunya (IAAC, Barcelona), and at the HTW Chur, amongst others.
Hanno Stehling is a graduate of the University of Kassel, where he studied architecture specializing in building construction / building production, completing his diploma with Prof. Manfred Grohmann and Prof. Frank Stepper. Alongside his studies he worked as a freelance web developer, and later as an architect and programmer – for Bernhard Franken amongst others – before joining Design-to-Production in 2009. Hanno Stehling is co-founder of the online platform RhinoScript.org, gives courses in modelling and scripting, and is a partner at Design-to-Production.
Following an apprenticeship as a carpenter, Johannes Kuhnen graduated in architecture from the University of Kassel. He specialised in digital fabrication, continuing with a Masters so as to deepen his knowledge in this area. At the same time he taught both at the University of Kassel and at the Dessau Institute of Architecture. Joining Design-to-Production, he initially worked on project business, before taking responsibility as process manager for a two year project at Rosskopf + Partner. Today, Johannes Kuhnen is a managing director at Design-to-Production.
Arnold Walz studied architecture and urban planning at the University of Stuttgart, specialising in lightweight construction and planning theory. Even while still studying, he worked on projects with tricky geometries such as the Olympic Stadium in Montreal or the reconstruction of Gaudi's suspended model for the Colònia Güell Church. He developed scripts to generate and optimise complex building geometries, applying own his approach, namely that these complex geometries should not be drawn but rather be "written", to his work on ambitious designs by notable architects such as Norman Foster or Herzog & de Meuron. Arnold Walz runs Design-to-Production’s Stuttgart office.
Aleksandra Anna Apolinarska, Marta Besalu Canals, Rob Beson, Chiara Colli, Max Eschenbach, Augusto Gandia, Tristan Gobin, Stefana Parascho, Matteo Persanti, Mischa Proll, Raoul Ruoff, Gaganjit Singh, Anton Szilasi, Nick Williams
Design-to-Production is applied innovation. That’s why we are always on the look out for great minds: people who combine engineering knowledge with creativity, and who understand how to tread the fine line between architecture and computing.
Please send your application to:
T +41 (44) 914 74 90
Knowledge can only bear fruit when shared. In order to pass on our know-how, we regularly publish in current journals. Get your own overview of our work and our research.
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Edy is awake! Ski World-Championship St. Moritz
For the Ski-World Championship 2017 a 19 meter high, accessible skier is standing in the centre of St.Moritz. The built wooden sculpture is designed by aroma from Zurich and based on Edy Reinhalter, a swiss skiing legend. At the Opening ceremony last Monday, the wooden skier was the centre of attention.
Lit by projection mapping in the colours of St.Moritz and as a stage for a climbing show,
Edy was the main actor at the opening of the Championship.
Design-to-Production created a digital 3D-model in production quality and delivered data for CNC-fabrication of all 637 individual panels and their nearly 1000 connections just seven weeks after the first project meeting in October 2016. Due to the tight schedule, a main focus was to quickly develop parametric details in close collaboration with the engineers, which can be precisely pre-fabricated and are easy to assemble. By generating assembly instructions directly from the 3D-model and attaching them to every single panel it is ensured that the skier can be erected in just three weeks - in time for the opening ceremony.
Design-to-Production is sponsoring FABRICATE 2017
FABRICATE is an international peer reviewed conference with supporting publication on the theme of Digital Fabrication. Discussing the progressive integration of digital design with manufacturing processes, and its impact on design and making in the 21st century, FABRICATE brings together pioneers in design and making within architecture, construction, engineering, manufacturing, materials technology and computation.
Design-to-Production has been presenting at FABRICATE since the first conference in London 2011 - next year we are taking the chance to give something back to the community by supporting FABRICATE as "Gold Sponsor". We are looking forward to meet you all in Stuttgart next April!
Making-of-Video, Fotoshooting Chäserrugg
Nearly ten years as innovative experts in building information modeling provide reason enough, for a new brand launch. One that highlights our extended range of services, our seasoned team and the numerous outstanding projects we’ve pursued around the world!
To mark our relaunch we designed a modular kite and had it manufactured as a one-off. Our making-of video shows how we flew the kite for the first time on the “Chäserrugg” 3000m above sea level. Enjoy!
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