4.510 Digital Design Fabrication

Fall 2005

CNC water jet milled metal.
Milled metal pieces from a CNC water jet cutting table. (Image by Prof. Larry Sass.)

Course Highlights

This course features three exemplary lecture notes, as well as a complete set of assignments.

Course Description

This class serves as an introductory subject in advanced computing, rapid prototyping, and CAD/CAM fabrication for architects. It focuses on the relationship between design and various forms of computer modeling as input, and CAD/CAM tools as output material. It presents the process of design and construction using CAD files introduced by the office of Gehry Partners during the construction of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. It is taught in phases starting with rapid prototyping and ending with digital mockups of building components fabricated from CAD files on a one-to-one scale.
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Prof. Lawrence Sass

Course Meeting Times

One session / week
1.5 hours / session

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session