Digital Fabrication

Instructor(s)
Teaching Assistant(s)
Shabaan Khokhar
Ethan Schwartz

This course will introduce students to the tools, work-flows, and culture surrounding computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) and its creative applications within architecture. Students will learn how to work with CAD/CAM technologies while expanding their knowledge of two and three-dimensional CAD geometries that inform the digital fabrication process.

Specifically, the course will cover 3D scanning, advanced mesh and surface manipulation in Rhinoceros 3D, Grasshopper, as well as 3D printing, CNC routing, and laser cutting.

As this course runs parallel to the Arch 292 design studio, it will provide the ability for students to explore experimental forms using digital and physical models. This course will focus specifically on the role of models and making in design, as well as the translation between digital and physical as a fertile ground for design research. The course will begin in physical space, with maquettes created for the exploration of affect in Arch 292. Through the course, the maquettes will be 3D scanned, digitally manipulated and rationalized, before being fabricated using a series of tools and strategies.

In addition to becoming literate in digital modeling and fabrication, students will be introduced to parametric / algorithmic / associative modeling. These tools will be employed to streamline and manage the complex geometries and work-flows generated in the course and create procedural design logics.

By the end of the course, students will have a strong understanding of the strengths, limitations, and intricacies of different fabrication methods, and have the ability to think critically regarding what work-flows best suit the type of exploration, representation, or investigation they are pursuing.

Student Work Gallery

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    3D printed models
    Anya Chuprys / Eva Sabourin
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    3D printed models
    Anya Chuprys / Eva Sabourin
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    series of model photographs
    Max Perry / Victoria Zhou / Lindsey Chapman
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    model photographs
    Peter Song / Eugene Woo / Leilei Zhao