Digital Fabrication Technologies
Universidad de Deusto - Bilbao
Area of Study
Taught In English
Previous experience and knowledge of digital fabrication techniques are kindly advised, but not mandatory.
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units6
Hours & Credits
This course combines open source and/or commercially available software with rapid
prototyping equipment such as computer controlled laser cutter, 3D printers, vinyl cutter and
milling machines. Students will digitally fabricate different assignments during the semester
learning how to do the fabrication on their own and sharing the experience with others.
In this concept, students will "create rather than consume technology" while "locally design and
fabricate solutions" removing barriers such as access to equipment or access to expertise or even
access to knowhow.
1. COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN. 2D and 2.5D design: raster vs vector. 3D modeling.
2. COMPUTER CONTROLLED CUTTING. Vinyl cutter: applications, materials, settings.
Laser cutter: safety, gain medium, applications, materials, settings.
3. 3D SCANNING AND PRINTING. Printing: constraints, processes, machines. File formats.
4. COMPUTER CONTROLLED MACHINING. Safety. Tooling. Speeds and feeds. Sacrificial
layer. Flexures, living hinges and kerfing.
All topics will began with theoretical and practical lectures handling the main concepts of the
subject and involving first hand exercises with the machines in question. During the semester
students will develop and fabricate different weekly assignments closely related to each and
every subject of the course content.
These assignments will have two elements: a digital design and one physical model. The digital
design will have to be committed to the weekly task of the course and the physical model will
have to be presented to the professor for assessment.
On the other hand, these acquired digital fabrication skills will serve to develop one complex
project involving the other courses of the semester.
Weekly assignments: 50%
Final project: 50%
All the needed documentation, to successfully finish every assignment, will be available to
students through ALUD online platform in Digital Fabrication Technologies course.
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.
Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.