ARC 518-FAB– Fabricaitng (The Impact of Digital Fabrication on Designers)

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Course No.: 24698

Department: Architecture

Semester: 2015 Spring

Location: TBD – Mondays - Parker Shop and Wednesdays - DFN 104

Meeting Day(s): Monday & Wednesday

Meeting Time: Mondays 7:00 - 8:50 pm and Wednesdays - 7:00 - 7:50 pm

Faculty: Pries, Schmidt

Faculty: Pries, Schmidt

Digital fabrication technologies are at the forefront of design.  These technologies are revolutionizing the way architects and designers conceive, imagine and construct space.

 This seminar will provide the fundamental knowledge that a designer need to creatively utilize digital fabrication technology either directly, by making their own machines, or indirectly, in taking fullest advantage of commercial equipment. High level topics include: CNC routing/milling (subtractive manufacturing), 3d printing (additive manufacturing), material suitability, software parameters and the pros and cons of the different machines.

This seminar will address the fabrication processes through a ground up approach. Initial research will be conducted on the fundamentals of CNC machinery utilized in a digital fabrication; including the physics, electronics, stepper motors, linear drive systems and material workflow.

The new-found knowledge will be applied towards the final deliverable; a CNC hotwire cutter for use by the entire student body in the Materials and Methods Shop. Additional final deliverables will include a user manual providing application guidelines, training, troubleshooting, and a maintenance plan.