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Course Detail

Term Winter 2018
Class ARCH 571
Class Title Digital Fabrication
Description This course is a hands-on exploration of advanced digital fabrication techniques. The goal of the course is to understand the capabilities and constraints of building with digital fabrication equipment. In this course we’ll be using state of the art 3D printers, 3 and 5-axis CNC routers, water-jet cutters, and metal milling machines. The objectives will be accomplished by researching previously produced, digitally fabricated architectural work, and fabricating our own projects.

In addition to the latest machinery we’ll be using state of the art software. Autodesk Fusion 360 is a full featured 3D CAD/CAM/CAE (Computer Aided Design, Computer Aided Manufacturing, and Computer Aided Engineering) tool. The software integrates the entire product development process in a single cloud-based platform that works on both Mac and PC. This includes modeling, rendering, drawing production, finite-element-analysis, and toolpath programming to produce code to drive the machines. We’ll learn to use this software throughout the semester – no previous experience is necessary.

The projects will start simple and build in complexity. The first project will use the Stratasys J750 3D printer. This machine can produce parts in over 360,000 colors, textures, gradients, transparencies and durometers (level of material hardness). The next projects will explore the CNC routers, starting with the 3-axis and ending with the 5-axis. The goal of these projects will be designing and fabricating hardwood furniture. We’ll specifically focus on exploring the capabilities of these machines for interesting joinery techniques. We’ll also use the water-jet cutter and Haas vertical milling machine to fabricate projects in steel and aluminum.
Prereq Arch 537 Fabrication
Crosslist none
Required No
Elective Yes
Selective No
Meets Monday 9:00am-12:00pm Duderstadt Center 3336 BD - ATL 2
Credits 3
Faculty Mark Meier
Syllabus not available
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