Computer Aided Design & Manufacturing II

This course is the second of a two-part series that addresses the use of computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) techniques in architecture. The course will focus on the functions and potentials of digitally-controlled manufacturing and construction tools that are used in design development, prototyping and actual manufacturing at scales varying from very small to moderately large building components. The course will examine some existing relationships between design and manufacturing within the overall digital world, from the separate digital design and cad/cam production common to the production of buildings to the relatively seamless, centralized digital processes that bring products as varied as coffeemakers and airplanes into the world.Following a review of basic software systems and fundamental manufacturing methods used in CAD/CAM environments, the course will focus on specific aspects of physical production within digital environments, including machines operated using HPGL (such as lasers and waterjets), those requiring G-Code (such as milling machines, routers, drills, lathes and punches) and those using layered or triangulated formats such as IGES, STEP and STL (such as rapid prototyping or 3D printing machines). In addition to these technologies we will examine how various types of input devices may be used to enhance design capabilities or to engage in \”reverse-engineering\” to capture physical data within a digital context. These tools include automated digitizing, touch-free 3D laser scanning, articulated-arm digitizing and using the Phantom, our \”haptic interface\”.Students in the course will be expected to engage in weekly or bi-weekly exercises in the production of physical models related to individual CAD/CAM technologies. These exercises will require the use of both CAD/CAM software and computer-numerically driven tools. Exercises will include the design and cutting of 2D shapes to make 3D models; the design of 3D shapes to be cut on 3-axis machines or printed using 3D printers; the capture of 3D data to be used in a variety of CAD/CAM processes and; various other related activities such as mold-making, lost-wax casting of metal, vacuum-forming etc.. A great emphasis will be placed on actual production of physical models.PREREQUISITES: Due to the advanced nature of the software used in this course it is necessary for students to have taken GSD 6319 – Computer Aided Design & Manufacturing I or GSD 1309: Coffee, Cake, CAD/CAM: Re-inventing the Urban Diner, or similar coursework. Please meet with Professors Kimo Griggs or Daniel Schodek if you have questions related to requirements for admission.