Tutor: Djordje Stanojevic

MAA01 2015/16, Introduction to Digital Fabrication Seminar.

Digital Fabrication is an introductory course on new production techniques through the relation between computer data and machine oriented materialization. CNC machines were introduced in the middle XXth century into industry, changing the conception of the production of objects and parts (mainly in automotive and military industries, and then into mass-consumed products). The relationship between architecture and digital fabrication CAD / CAM processes in architecture is not new anymore, it started during the last two decades of the XXth century, bringing in a new relationship that is not only affecting the way architecture is produced, but is changing the way machines are constructed and conceived for the production of architecture. So far the relation between architecture and digital fabrication has been focused in the production of non-standard parts/components and speculation around the form as an end itself. The digital fabrication course will encourage students to re-search on the use of tools as the means for the form/function optimal relation, and at the same time will promote the exploration through the design/production process.

Course Goal
The course will explore different scales of production for architecture using Digital Fabrication techniques such as: CNC cutting (laser), 3D printing, CNC milling.
One of the goals is to introduce the thinking around the function, by following the evolution of the design through iterations of production as a workflow. The course will be structured in three assignments:  CNC Laser Cutting, CNC Milling, 3D Printing. Developing the design also through structure optimization, and customized production. A previous knowledge on 3D modeling will be required for this course.

Thu 13th October 17.30 – 19.30  :  Theory + LaserCut Exercise >> Employing laser cut to fabricate a product design prototype
Thu 20th October 17.30 – 19.30 :  Theory + Milling Exercise >> Employing milling technique to fabricate a product design prototype
Mon 5th December 17.30 – 19.30 :  Theory + 3DPrinting Exercise >> Employing 3D Printing to fabricate a product design prototype