fabFAB 3 – Elective Overview


Course Number:               –

Room:                            8.7.153

Semester:                       1/2011

Course Lecturer:               Jessica In, with Andrew Thompson

E-mail:                           injihyun@gmail.com

Contact hours:                  3 hrs/week

Non-contact hours:            approx. 6 hrs/week

Credit Points:                   12

Teacher Guided Hours

(per semester):                 39

Software packages:          Rhino, Grasshopper, Blender, Magics, Rhinoscript.

(also a bit of Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign)

Format:                          In-lab lectures and tutorials

Subject Overview

This is an active modeling and fabrication studio in which the full three hour class will be spent working through various modeling and rapid prototyping (RP) techniques.  The aim of the subject is to demystify RP technologies and techniques so that students will, at the end of the semester, be completely comfortable with laser cutting, 3d printing, 3d scanning, and CAD CAM routing.  The class will be fast paced, encouraging students to use RP models to test ideas about pattern, scale and materiality.

To introduce each RP technique we will be using a range of software, including 3d modeling (Rhino, Blender, Magics) and parametric tools (Grasshopper, Rhinoscript).  This subject suits students with good digital and physical modeling skills, however particular software knowledge is not required.  Each student will produce a series of four ‘kinds’ of fabricated models – flat cut and assemble, plaster or resin 3d print, CAD CAM routed, and a ‘hybrid’ piece created from two or more techniques.

Software: Rhino, Grasshopper, TopMod, Magics, Rhinoscript.  (also a bit of Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign)

Machines: Laser cutter, card cutter, 3d printer (plaster, resin, wax, metal), 3 or 4 axis CAD CAM routers.

Objectives and Learning outcomes

At the completion of this subject students should:

  • Be confident in using RP (Rapid Prototyping) to test specific design ideas
  • Have an understanding about the role of RP in the design process, and begin to think about new ways of incorporating RP into the design process through combining existing and new techniques.
  • Be familiar with:
    • operating the laser cutter machine with little or no supervision.
    • how to prepare digital files for 3d printing and CAD CAM milling
  • Be introduced to
    • 3d modeling in techniques in Rhino and TopMod
    • using parametric tools for Rhino (Rhinoscript, Grasshopper).

Learning Activities

On being introduced to a new RP technique, we will explore the following:

  • What you can do with this technique.
  • What kind of ideas is it good for exploring.
  • How exactly do you do it?
  • Why this method and not another.

There are four RP techniques we will be covering.  Each is associated with a different design theme:

RP technique Design Theme
1 Flat cut + assemble (laser cutting) Surface + structure
2 3d printing Scale
3 CAD CAM milling Materiality + tooling effects
4 Hybrid techniques TBC

Assessment tasks:

Class work projects:  70%

Four projects, first 3 worth 15% each, final assignment 25%. 

Design blog:  20%

Everything you do for this subject should be documented through images (photos, drawings, screenshots, renders) and uploaded to the subject blog/wiki.   You are required to post a minimum of one blog entry a week.  You are strongly encouraged to post up relevant links, and to comment on each others work.

Portfolio for exhibition: 10%

In week 11 we will be having an exhibition in the level 11 space.  We will design the installation setup together in week 10.  We will be exhibiting all the physical models produced as well as your portfolios showing your progress through the semester.  Your folio should be a visual diary of your progress (photos, drawings, screenshots, renders).  It may include information and images that you have posted up on the blog.

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