Digital Fabrication Technologies

Universidad de Deusto - Bilbao

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Digital Fabrication Technologies

  • Host University

    Universidad de Deusto - Bilbao

  • Location

    Bilbao, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Computer Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Previous experience and knowledge of digital fabrication techniques are kindly advised, but not mandatory.

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    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.
    Software. Scanning.
    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.


Course Disclaimer

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.