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ARCH11-136: Additive Fabrication Lab


This subject will expose students to the use of robotics as a tool for design and construction in assembly and additive fabrication processes such as stacking and assembly of components and in large scale 3d printing.

Workshop based tutorials will develop practical skill in robot operation and classroom based instruction will develop the software skills required to design and code robot control as part of an overall creative process. Students will examine the state of the art in global application of robotics in architecture and critically reflect upon emerging technologies and their impact upon design, including machine learning and human computer interaction.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Society & Design
Semesters offered
  • September 2021 [Standard Offering]
  • September 2022 [Standard Offering]
  • September 2023 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Architecture and Built Environment
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2021: $3,890

Learning outcomes

1. Understand the different types, classifications and fundamental uses of robotics and manufacturing in architecture, construction, and global industries.
2. Evaluate and critically reflect upon global best-practice examples.
3. Develop software and hard coding skills to operate additive / robotics processes including an understanding of kinematics.
4. Apply and carry out intermediate-complexity operations of digital fabrication and computer aided assembly processes through an applied creative project.
5. Work collaboratively in teams and with machine agents.
6. Analyse and critically reflect upon technical and creative processes.

Enrolment requirements

Requisites: ?


Assumed knowledge:

Assumed knowledge is the minimum level of knowledge of a subject area that students are assumed to have acquired through previous study. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they meet the assumed knowledge expectations of the subject. Students who do not possess this prior knowledge are strongly recommended against enrolling and do so at their own risk. No concessions will be made for students’ lack of prior knowledge.

Assumed Prior Learning (or equivalent):

Assumes experience and familiarity in using Rhino software or equivalent including the Grasshopper plug-in, as delivered in BOTH Digital Design + Prototyping, and, Subtractive Fabrication Lab or equivalent experience

Restrictions: ?


Subject dates

Future offerings not yet planned.