70 303 Digital fabrication, technologies and processes


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

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, William Kempton and Michael Hensel.

There are several digital fabrication methods on the marked today, this course will, through practical, hands on exercises, give insight into use, limitations and possibities with some of these technologies. The course is meant for both design and architecture students who want a practice based understanding of existing and emerging digital fabrication technologies.

The Oslo School of Architecture and Design boasts of state-of-the-art workshops with both low end and high end 3d printing equipments, lasercutter, knifecutter and 3D scanning equipment. All technologies will be covered through small workshops and exercises.

Learning outcomes

With the completed studies the student will be have hands on knowledge both to run different machines, but also to evaluate the usefulness of the different processes; SLA, SLS, FDM, 3DP, lasercutting, knifecutting and 3D scanning.

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 possess the neccessary knowledge involved in preparation and pre-processing of digital CAD files.

General competence
Digital fabrication 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 digital fabrication, 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, lectures, material exploration and use of available digital fabrication processes through exercises.

Professor in charge

Steinar Killi

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 Pass / Fail

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.