Digital fabrication is a production process that combines the use of digital tools (3D modeling or CAD) with CNC (computer numerical control) machines for additive and subtractive manufacturing processes allowing the automated control of machining tools by means of a computer. Digital Fabrication processes are integrated into the industry for decades but in the last years the introduction and wide spreading of new design techniques, such as computational and parametric design, and increased availability and affordability of new production means, such as CNC machines and 3D printers, led designers, architects, and engineers to rethink how their work and the subsequent production is conceived and organized.
Computational design triggered the mass customization of the production processes integrating into the design phase the opportunity and constraints of production means allowing to take finally full advantage of automation. That’s what we call Computational Fabrication; it involves aspects of computational design and coding and applying it into processes of production enabling mass customized fabrication.
The workshop will focus on understanding the CNC machines’ features, their G-code and then developing different strategies in order to have a more seamless process from computational design tools to CNC machines (CNC milling, 3D printers, Laser Cutting machines, etc …) aiming to shorten the time spent going back and forth the two environments, add more control, and customize the fabrication processes.