193.124 Computational Aspects of Digital Fabrication
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2022W, VU, 2.0h, 3.0EC

Properties

  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VU Lecture and Exercise
  • Format: Presence

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to...

  • To classify and critically reflect on the currently most common approaches and techniques of digital fabrication
  • To analyze the technical possibilities and limitations of selected manufacturing technologies and to understand what they mean for design practice
  • To understand how to use digital fabrication technologies and how to use them in your own projects
  • To implement a design idea using digital fabrication
  • To document an original creative design process, preparing fabrication steps for replication by others, and presenting created artifacts
  • To apply computational thinking in the production of 3D artefacts

Subject of course

The course focuses on digital fabrication technologies that have gained popularity in recent years, mainly in the context of the so-called maker movement. Supposedly new smart tools such as 3D printers, CNC machines and microcontrollers theoretically open up the possibility for every (technically adept) person to produce everything themselves. However, despite this great creative and innovative potential, the practice looks different when you consider the manual complexity of designing new things and various socio-technical barriers that make it difficult for people without a technical background to access and deal with manufacturing technologies.

The course therefore offers practical opportunities for an in-depth study of selected fabrication tools that are often used in the design and digital fabrication of interactive prototypes, as well as associated design methods.

An additional focus is introduced in WS 2022 as the course is organized as part of a research project that explores the potentials and modalities of maker spaces in rural lower austria.

Teaching methods

The lecture part includes:

  • An overview of technologies and methods of digital fabrication;
  • Basics of additive and subtractive manufacturing using selected manufacturing technologies such as 3D printing and laser cutting;
  • Microcontroller;
  • Use of smart materials such as in the area of paper circuits and e-textiles;
  • 3D formats, computational/generative approaches to 3d object creation

The exercise part includes:

  • Guided experimentation with digital fabrication and independent exploration of design spaces;
  • A critical examination of conflicts of interest around manufacturing technologies between innovative potentials and socio-technical, ecological and ethical problems;
  • Several projects in which a design ideas are put into practice and the design process is documented;

Mode of examination

Immanent

Additional information

ECTS BREAKDOWN: 3 ECTS = 75h

  • 25h lectures
  • 25h work in maker lab
  • 25h autonomous work (code writing, testing, documentation, group coordination)

Lecturers

Institute

Course dates

DayTimeDateLocationDescription
Fri11:00 - 12:3007.10.2022 library @ HCI group, argentinierstr. 8, 2. floor, center door.kick-off
Fri11:00 - 12:3014.10.2022 - 16.12.2022 library @ HCI group, argentinierstr. 8, 2. floor, center door.workshop
Fri11:00 - 14:0014.10.2022Seminarraum Argentinierstrasse Seminar
Fri11:00 - 14:0028.10.2022Seminarraum Argentinierstrasse Seminar
Fri11:00 - 14:0004.11.2022Seminarraum Argentinierstrasse Seminar
Fri13:00 - 18:0027.01.2023Seminarraum Argentinierstrasse Exhibition
Computational Aspects of Digital Fabrication - Single appointments
DayDateTimeLocationDescription
Fri07.10.202211:00 - 12:30 library @ HCI group, argentinierstr. 8, 2. floor, center door.kick-off
Fri14.10.202211:00 - 12:30 library @ HCI group, argentinierstr. 8, 2. floor, center door.workshop
Fri14.10.202211:00 - 14:00Seminarraum Argentinierstrasse Seminar
Fri21.10.202211:00 - 12:30 library @ HCI group, argentinierstr. 8, 2. floor, center door.workshop
Fri28.10.202211:00 - 12:30 library @ HCI group, argentinierstr. 8, 2. floor, center door.workshop
Fri28.10.202211:00 - 14:00Seminarraum Argentinierstrasse Seminar
Fri04.11.202211:00 - 12:30 library @ HCI group, argentinierstr. 8, 2. floor, center door.workshop
Fri04.11.202211:00 - 14:00Seminarraum Argentinierstrasse Seminar
Fri11.11.202211:00 - 12:30 library @ HCI group, argentinierstr. 8, 2. floor, center door.workshop
Fri18.11.202211:00 - 12:30 library @ HCI group, argentinierstr. 8, 2. floor, center door.workshop
Fri25.11.202211:00 - 12:30 library @ HCI group, argentinierstr. 8, 2. floor, center door.workshop
Fri02.12.202211:00 - 12:30 library @ HCI group, argentinierstr. 8, 2. floor, center door.workshop
Fri09.12.202211:00 - 12:30 library @ HCI group, argentinierstr. 8, 2. floor, center door.workshop
Fri16.12.202211:00 - 12:30 library @ HCI group, argentinierstr. 8, 2. floor, center door.workshop
Fri27.01.202313:00 - 18:00Seminarraum Argentinierstrasse Exhibition

Examination modalities

  • Active participation in the course
  • Quality of project work
  • Cooperation with colleagues
  • Quality of project documentation

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
15.09.2022 00:00 05.10.2022 09:30

Curricula

Literature

No lecture notes are available.

Language

English