In 2012-2013 we ran a series of digital fabrication and design courses for the 4th year students in the School of Architecture in UCD. Digital fabrication is the translation of virtual data into physical reality through the use of CNC machines. This course introduced students to the digital, technological and design processes associated with computer-aided-design and computer-aided-manufacture (CAD/CAM) and explored the software and tools required for digital fabrication and the manner in which design is informed by these methods of production.
The students developed their 2d and 3d modelling skills with a focus on creating forms to be fabricated. We explored various methods of furniture-making and joints, from hand-carved to digitally-fabricated.
The semester culminated in the students designing and fabricating furniture utilizing CNC milling, laser cutting and 3d printing in our workshop.
Project 1: A facade system for a tower at 1:200 using FDM 3d printing
Project 2: A chair prototype model using laser cutting
Project 3: A full-scale piece of furniture fabricated using large-scale CNC milling (group project)