Taubman College

Course List

Term Winter 2011
Class ARCH 571
Class Title Digital Fabrication
Description This course functions as an evolving research lab for advanced fabrication techniques. A wide range of computer controlled manufacturing tools are available in the digital fabrication lab. The newest machine, a 6 axis industrial robot, serves as a multifunctional platform for both investigating new processes and producing full scale components. The robot has a working volume roughly 30’ x 10’ x 6’, and can change between various functional tools, including a milling spindle, an abrasive water jet, and a gripper for assembly tasks. All of these tasks can be performed with high accuracy in 3d space, at speeds much higher than normal CNC equipment.
Projects in the course will include exercises to learn the workflows associated with fabricating with the robot, as well as independent research projects designed by the students. An emphasis will be placed on research which results in highly finished, full-scale installations. Prerequisites for the course include advanced 3d modeling skills in a program such as Rhino, Digital Project, etc. and some experience with MasterCAM programming for the CNC router. Scripting experience is also beneficial but is not required. The course will require participation in scripting tutorials offered in the fall semester.
The Course is limited to 15 students. Registration is by permission of the Instructor.
Prereq none
Crosslist none
Required No
Elective Yes
Selective No
Meets MTH 5:00-6:30pm 1221 A&AB
Credits 3
Faculty Wesley McGee
Syllabus not available