Special Offerings in Science and Technology

Computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) techniques have long been a critical component of the GSD culture. Building on methods and capabilities developed in GSD 6317 Introduction to CAD/CAM, this course will focus on the immersion and seamless integration of digital modeling and comprehensive fabrication methodologies into both the design process and contemporary practice. Offered as an open enrollment lecture/workshop, the course will explore the critical inter-relationships between geometry creation, material analysis, tooling development and fabrication processes within a singular design sequence. Sequential assignments will work towards a comprehensive resolution of an architectural component.The use of parametric modeling will be utilized for the development of robust iterative design output. A critical focus on sustainable high-performance composite materials and assembly methods will be explored, demonstrated and integrated into student work. Appropriateness of both digital and analogue expressions of craft and finish will be evaluated in the ultimate assembly of a component system.Technologies and methods are introduced through hands-on labs, workshops and demonstrations. Field trips to composite manufacturers provide a real-world exposure to the integration of CAD/CAM technologies within design practice and related fields. Working in groups, sequential assignments will include the progression from scaled models to digital mockups and ultimately to refined prototypes. Students will make extensive use of the GSD\’s digital fabrication lab, CNC-devices and industrial robots.