Computational Fabrication X Circular Economy

Computational Fabrication

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 … a way to embed also, since the very beginning, waste reduction, reusability, and resources optimization criteria.

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Brief

Tutored by Andrea Graziano

Online workshop

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.


CREDITS
Decorative Wood Panels,
Computational Design by Co-de-iT
Digital Fabrication by Bruno DeMasi
Photo by Bruno DeMasi

Proficiency in Grasshopper and Basic understanding of Digital Fabrication techniques is required.

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Topics

Topics and Contents covered during the workshop
  • Understanding CNC machines and code
  • G-code syntax
  • How to write G-code in GH3D
  • Implementing seamless and customized strategies from the digital environment to digital fabrication tools
  • Feedback processes
  • Parameters control evaluation and checks

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Requirements

Required Software & Hardware and Skills
  • Rhinoceros 6 (free versions available)
  • Grasshopper Plugins: the full list of plugins to be installed will be provided one week before the workshop
  • A second monitor is highly recommended

Proficiency in Grasshopper and Basic understanding of Digital Fabrication techniques is required (you can register to our  Digital Fabrication for Beginners workshop).

Each participant needs to work from their personal computer.

The principal software is Rhinoceros 6.0. The 90-day trial version can be downloaded from the website www.rhino3d.com/eval.html . Grasshopper 3D will be the main computational tool.

Windows 10 Operating System is highly recommended since many Grasshopper plugins still do not run on Apple IOS operating systems. If you have a Mac computer you could do a Windows 10 partition.

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Agenda

Calendar and Timetable

From June, 2021. (Exact dates to be determined)
Monday to Thursday from 4 pm to 8pm.
Friday from 4 pm to 7pm (Paris Time).

The workshop is an online learning experience including :

  • 16 hours of live teaching
  • 4 hours of Q&A/On-line support
  • 1 hour of final discussion
  • chat support
Day 1 – Intro
  • Course overview + Lecture
  • Introduction to  CNC code & Gcode
  • Hot to write G-code in gh3d
  • Introduction to Anemone Plugin
Day 2 – CNC milling
  • Customizing G-code & Toolpaths for CNC milling
  • Nesting tools and strategies
  • Toolpath curves sorter (shortening milling time)
Day 3 – 3D printing
  • Write & customization of G-code for 3D printers
  • Mesh syntax and slicing
  • Custom Infill strategies
Day 4 – Laser Cutting
  • Custom panels design examples
  • Flaps and connections
  • Automatic layering & baking
Day 5 – Conclusion
  • Individual off-line session
  • One to one personal project support
  • Final discussion

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Other info

Other practical information
  • Main Language: English
  • Hosted on Zoom
  • Chat support provided on Slack
  • Minimum number of participants: the workshop will be activated with a minimum of 10 participants. Otherwise organizers can make the decision to cancel the event; in this case the tickets will be fully refunded.

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Tutor

About the tutor

Andrea Graziano

Andrea Graziano is an architect and computational designer, member and co-founder of Co-de-iT – Computational Design Italy, currently engaged in teaching international workshops about computational design, digital tools and robotic fabrication in architectural design, lecturing and consultancy work. 

Andrea is a member and co-founder of STEAM+Lab (former digifabTURINg), a research cluster focused on digital fabrication, computation, robotics and material research applied in the field of architecture, design & art. 

Andrea acts as an active catalyst through his intense activity of social networking of the paradigm-shift in the fields of architectural research, computation and science. A ‘digital explorer’ and ‘knowmad’ aiming to research, curate and envision the rapid evolution of science, technology, art and philosophy, their possible convergence and tooling into design and architecture. 

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