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Course Detail

Term Fall 2017
Class ARCH 409
Class Title Digital Fabrication - UG
Description Computer-aided design / computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) technologies are revolutionizing the way that designers imagine and create. Digital tools have moved beyond the factory floor and now engage the imaginations of architects and designers. Digital fabrication tools are playing an increasingly important role toward the conceptualization, manipulation, and assembly of the built environment.

This course exists as a practical, hands-on introduction to fabrication and construction through the use of digital tools. More specifically, the course serves as a platform to familiarize students with existing techniques of digital fabrication while fostering an environment dedicated to research and experimentation.

The digital tools are collaborators in the design process but are not necessarily the focus of the class. The course stresses the use of computer-driven tools as a means of geometric, tectonic and material research / exploration. Proficiency with digital tools (and associated software) must ultimately be demonstrated through finely crafted projects. The iterative nature of the tools will be exploited to quickly produce and evaluate experiments and prototypes. Students will spend the first part of the semester working individually on specifically guided projects to gain familiarity with the tools with an emphasis placed upon tectonics and craftsmanship. Students will then form groups to propose and fabricate the final projects. The fabrication of the projects requires students to engage the software and hardware of the lab’s CNC (computer numerically controlled) machinery: Laser Cutters, 3D Printers, Knife Cutter, 3-axis Router, and Waterjet Cutter.
Prereq none entered yet
Crosslist none
Required No
Elective Yes
Selective No
Meets Tuesday/Thursday 1:00-2:30pm 2108 A&AB
Credits 3
Faculty Mark Meier
Syllabus not available