Digital Making - Learning

Daniela Kröhnert
Architecture, Digital Production
2021W, scientific seminar (SEW), 3.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S03535


Today digital design and fabrication technologies are an integral part of common design workflows and at the basis of architectural practice. The translation/transformation from design to digital and physical matter is shaped by a range of tools and processes which are affected by material properties, technological advancements, culture and skill.

Besides determining the respective boundaries/confines of digital and physical space, this course sets out to explore their interrelation with regard to the way in which things are (virtually) designed and the way things are (physically) made.

Over the course of the semester students will get a brief overview of the historical developments and the current state of the art of Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) processes.

During bi-weekly tasks they will learn how to interact and cooperate with the available CNC-Tools at the DDPLab: assess and harness the potentials of the various available methods to increase the diversity of achievable form and material effects in their design and architecture production.

Examination Modalities

In between the biweekly sessions students will have to execute small tasks covering different available digital design and fabrication processes and „make“ several digital and physical prototypes. 

The course is under continuous assessment (at least 80% presence at tutorial sessions is required to pass).
Additionally to the biweekly experimentation and production of prototypes, each student will need to submit a documentation of their progression.


This course is specifically addressed to students with a background in Architecture and students of DEX who have pre-knowledge of other digital tools (Illustrator, Inkscape, Sketch-Up,…) and want to focus on Digital Fabrication within their semester project.

The course will cover the basics of different 3D-Scanning techniques, manual 3D-modelling with NURBS and fabrication processes (additive, subtractive, transformative) with and handling of the CNC machinery in the DDPLab (or at DEX).
Students should be able to work independently on a high level between the sessions.

max. 20 participants (this term individual work is required, priority is given to students of architecture, who did not participate in the course yet.) The course is already full with several students on the waiting list (which is the case if you have signed up but haven't been officially accepted yet), all new sign ups will also be added to the waiting list.)

Presence at the first meeting is mandatory for participation.
Participants are kindly asked to bring their own Laptops and Software.

Key Words

Digital Fabrication, Digital Production, Digital Modelling, 3D-Printing, CAD/CAM, Lasercutting, CNC-routing, Prototyping


15 October 2021, 10:00–11:30 Seminar Room 9 , "Kick-off"
29 October 2021, 10:00–11:30 Seminar Room 9 , "Crash-Course Rhinoceros3D"
12 November 2021, 10:00–11:30 Seminar Room 9 , "Additive Processes"
26 November 2021, 10:00–11:30 Seminar Room 9 , "Subtractive Processes Part 1"
10 December 2021, 10:00–11:30 Seminar Room 9 , "Subtractive Processes Part 2"
28 January 2022, 10:00–11:30 Seminar Room 25 , "Submission" (examination)
04 February 2022, 10:00–11:30, "Back-up Submission in case of clashes with studio finals" (examination)

Course Enrolment

From 20 September 2021, 10:00 to 08 October 2021, 18:00
Via online registration

co-registration: possible

Architecture (Master): Expertise: Architectural Science: Digital Design and Digital Production

Individual courses: possible