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)
- 10.020 Data-driven World or permission of instructor
At the end of the term, students will be able to:
- Implement fundamental methods for computational fabrication.
- Apply software systems for computational design and fabrication.
- 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.
- Analyze research papers in computational fabrication.
Successful students will be able to:
- Know and understand the basic concepts of computational design, simulation and fabrication methods.
- Implement fundamental algorithms for computational fabrication.
- Use software systems for computational design and fabrication.
- 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.
- Analyze and understand latest research papers in computational fabrication.
- 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.