70 303 Informed decicionmaking for 3D printing


Completed foundation education. Basic prior knowledge in CAD tools such as Rhino, Solidworks, Alias, Blender etc. is required.

Recommended prerequisite knowledge

Prior knowledge of 3D printing and related technologies is recommended.

Course content

Informed descicionmaking for 3D printing aims at informing and giving in-depth insight into. It seeks to teach master students at AHO the various possibilities that lay in the various 3D printing technologies that are available.

The Oslo School of Architecture and Design boasts of state-of-the-art Additive Manufacturing facilities. The ‘3D Print Verkstedet’ today acts as a service provider for students to realize complex, physical objects. 3D printing is an additive process, able to create physical objects in a wide foray of materials. There are today many different technologies available. What they all have in common is the possibility of creating freeform, tangible items that are based on a digital blueprint. The workshops at AHO have traditionally been run by specialists, while the global evolution and maturation of the technology has led to a democratization of its uses.

The course has a theoretical and practical approach to 3D technology, introducing the student to essensial digital and physical tools. The course involves case work.

Learning outcomes

With the completed studies the student will be able to descripe all the relevant processes involved in the 3D printing process: from generation of digital formats, to post-processing of physical models. In addition the student will be equipped with the knowledge of which processes are most relevant in order to achieve desired results. “3D Print Verkstedet” is today equipped with 4 different 3D printing technologies: FDM, SLS, SLA and 3DP. The various technologies have unique use areas, utlilizing different material- and construction processes. The students will after completed course be able to make informed decicions on how best make use of different processes.

With the completed studies the student will be better equipped in utilizing the latent potentials of the technology in the setting of product-/interaction- and architectural design. The student will obtain first-hand knowledge of the operation of a variety of technologies available at AHO: powderbased, extrusionbased and light-polymerizing 3D printers. The student will possess the neccessary knowledge involved in preparation and pre-processing of digital CAD files.

General competence
3D printing is increasingly involved in design and architectural processes, as a tool for prototyping and construction. The course is meant for design- and architectural students at masters level, that seek a deeper insight on the utilization of 3D printing, in their studies and elsewhere.

The student should be able to explain the choice of methods for realizing the tangible object, and why.

Working and learning activities

As with other elective courses the course will consist of weekly learning activities, leactures, material exploration and use of available 3D printing recources. Each course day will be introduced with a lecture in subjects such as ‘model building with 3D printers’, ‘The 3D printer as a democatizing tool’, ‘The Technology in a historical perspective’, etc.

During the elective course week at the end of the semester, a larger project is to be conducted and presented for the rest of the group. A goal for the course is to exhibit these projects, as a way of informing others on how 3D printing technology can best be utilized at AHO, and in other creative settings.

Professor in charge

William Kempton

Additional information

The course is a collaboration between representatives from the Insitute of Design, the Insitute for Architecture and the workshops at AHO. Involved parties include Geir Jarle Jensen, Tron Andersen, Steinar Killi and Michael Hensel.

Mandatory work requirements

Work requirements Number Number of approved Mandatory presence Comment
Laboratory work 5 4

Between ordinary course days assignments will be given


Assessment Date Duration Grade scale Oral examination
Muntlig Individual

Have delivered material for exhibition and completed assignments

Reading lists / teaching materials

Anderson, C. (2012). Makers: the new industrial revolution. Random House.

Hopkinson, N., Hague, R., & Dickens, P. (2006). Rapid Manufacturing: An Industrial Revolution for the Digital Age. John Wiley & Sons.

Thompson, R. (2007). Manufacturing processes for design professionals. Thames & Hudson.


RT, 2015-03-14