Digital Fabrication

Peter Knobloch
Design, Computer Studio
2022S, Vorlesung und √úbungen (VU), 2.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S01805


The objective of the lecture is to impart & develop fundamental principles, practices and approaches for computer controlled manufacturing methods.

Digital Fabrication

  • History, literature, references
  • Classification of manufacturing methods according to DIN 8580
  • Additive and subtractive manufacturing
  • Milling, punching, nibbling

Laser cutting & engraving

  • Functional principle
  • Suitable materials
  • Testing the suitability of unknown materials
  • Typical properties and applications
  • Data format: G-Code
  • Do’s and Dont’s
  • Gerätekalibrierung, –pflege und Wartung

3D Printing

  • Functional principles (7 different processes)
  • Available materials
  • Typical properties and applications
  • Data format: STL
  • Do’s and Dont’s
  • Determining print cost & timeDruckzeitermittlung
  • Equipment calibration, care and maintenance
  • Overview: 3D Software (Cinema 4D, Maya, Rhino, SolidWorks)

Examination Modalities

For the successful completion of the course the following criteria will be used:

  • Constant and punctual participation (min. 70% attendance, 50% of the grade)
  • Partaking in the individual, practical exercise (approx. 45 Minutes, 50% of the grade)


Maximum number of participants: 24

Key Words

3D Printing, CNC Milling, Desktop Fabrication, Digital Fabrication, Digital Modelling, Laser Cutting, Laser Engraving, Rapid Prototyping, SolidWorks

Course Enrolment

From 01 September 2021, 00:00 to 16 October 2021, 00:00
Via online registration

co-registration: possible

Industrial Design (1. Section): Technology / Natural Science - Basics: Materials Science, Manufacturing Techniques, Production Methods

Fine Arts (2. Section): Artistic Practice in Technical Context: Workshops

Fine Arts (2. Section): Artistic Practice in Technical Context: Free Electives out of Artistic Practice in Technical Context

Design: Specialisation in Applied Photography and Time-based Media (2. Section): Technical Basics: Workshop-based Projects - Knowledge of Materials

Individual courses: possible