50.048 Computational Fabrication

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Course Description

This course introduces students to the concepts and tools of computational design and manufacturing. Topics include: computational design and data acquisition (advanced geometry representations, procedural modeling, 3D scanning), physics-based modeling and simulation (kinematic mechanisms, solid mechanics, material modeling, finite element method), and an introduction to fabrication methods with a focus on additive manufacturing (e.g., 3D printing).

Pre-Requisite/ Co-requisite/ Mutually Exclusive Subject(s)

Learning Objectives

At the end of the term, students will be able to:

  1. Implement fundamental methods for computational fabrication.
  2. Apply software systems for computational design and fabrication.
  3. Analyze the physical property on the geometric modeling process for fabrication; conduct simulation for the model and measure the physical property of the 3D printed model.
  4. Analyze research papers in computational fabrication.

Measurable Outcomes

Successful students will be able to:

  1. Know and understand the basic concepts of computational design, simulation and fabrication methods.
  2. Implement fundamental algorithms for computational fabrication.
  3. Use software systems for computational design and fabrication.
  4. Design geometric models for fabrication, predict their physical behavior using computational simulation, fabricate the models, e.g. using 3D printing or laser cutting, and measure their physical properties.
  5. Analyze and understand latest research papers in computational fabrication.

Topics Covered

  • Solding modeling
  • Procedural modeling
  • 3D scanning and fabrication
  • 3D printing technologies
  • 3D printing software pipeline
  • Finite element method
  • Structural analysis for 3D printing
  • Functional specifications for 3D printing
  • Mechanism kinematics[FPHJ1]
  • Mechanism design
  • Assembly planning
  • Structurally stable assemblies
  • Assembly-based 3D printing
  • Case study: reconfigurables
  • Case study: discrete architecture
  • Case study: articulated character
  • Latest Research in Computational Fabrication

Textbook(s) and/or Other Required Material

No textbook required.

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