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Digital Fabrication

Knowledge and use of software/hardware tools

The course is divided into three blocks containing the framework of the main strategies.

  1. Linear works, describes flat cuts or engravings with planar tools such as laser cutters or vynil cutters.
  2. Superficial works, focuses in substractive techniques with Z capacity, such as milling machines. General milling theory will be covered as well as toolpathing experimentation. We will mainly work on 3 and 4 axis, but 5 and more axis will be carefully studied.
  3. Volumetric works, covers all additive techniques, focusing specifically on delta fused depositon modelling printers.

The first two blocks are substractive actions, based on flat or prismatic formats, with a wide range of materials and some restricted operations. Last block is shape-free but material restricted.

Every class is divided in a theoretical part and a practical part using the machines from the digital fabrication lab. Starting from common exercices, every student will develop a specific research project on every block.


  1. Acquire the knowledge on the state of the art of digital fabrication techniques
  2. Master machine toolpath design
  3. Master several strategies to materialise complex geometries
  4. Capacity to optimize fabrication processes according to machining and material
  5. Design creative uses or applications of machines

Previous requirements

3D CAD prior experience

Learning activities

Combining theory and practice, the course is designed to be both very practical (industry-oriented) and experimental at the same time. Every session has a theoretical framework and a research scope. The course will take place in a laboratory of digital fabrication.

There will be special sessions meeting the experts in each of the different techniques.

Evaluation system

Diverse practical exercises (most will be done during the teaching and one of them autonomously)