CAD/CAM 1: Introduction to applications in Architecture

This course teaches the fundamentals of computer-aided design and manufacturing (cad/cam), with a focus on applications in architecture. The core question will be how component design is affected by digital design and production techniques methods that allow architects and designers to move beyond conventional design paradigms. Weekly lectures, lab sessions and case study discussion explore this question, while at the same time teaching students the fundamentals of digitally driven design and fabrication methods. Students are introduced to the principles of parametric digital modeling, numerically-controlled machines and basic manufacturing processes. Strategies for prototyping are discussed as well, and are tested and further explored through hands-on exercises. This course uses the GSD\’s extensive digital fabrication facilities, in particular the CNC laser cutters, CNC router and the CNC milling machine, as well as other devices. Students are expected to immerse themselves in the software applications needed to generate parametric models and the machine instructions necessary to operate CNC machines. Short digital and design-to-prototype exercises allow students to acquire new design and prototyping techniques representative of the digital fabrication age.Prerequisites: Students should have some familiarity with AutoCAD and a 3D modeling program. The willingness to learn aspects of new 2 new software programs is essential!