- Class Number 4511
- Term Code 3230
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Roderick Bamford
- Roderick Bamford
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 21/02/2022
- Class End Date 27/05/2022
- Census Date 31/03/2022
- Last Date to Enrol 28/02/2022
Digital technologies continue to radically transform the way we produce, experience, and understand the built environment. The momentous impact of rapid prototyping and rapid manufacture has only just begun to unfold and the extent of change it will have on our lives remains unknown. The only certain thing is that in this time of massive change, digital literacy is an essential element of the designers’ toolkit.
Digital form and Fabrication develops the knowledge and skills required to design, specify and manufacture objects with digital tools through the use of Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software and computer-mediated fabrication systems and equipment, including 3d printing, laser cutting, and CNC milling. The course takes a structured approach to build core competencies for independent and extended inquiry through both set briefs and independently negotiated projects. Emphasis is placed on establishing technical and creative fluency in the use of digital design software used to facilitate digitally mediated making. Students are supported to develop and apply a critical understanding of the constraints of various software and hardware workflows and approaches, ensuring effective application of digital tools to design practice.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- apply computer aided design (CAD) software to the design and specification of the built environment;
- demonstrate an understanding of operational constraints and appropriate use of additive and subtractive digital fabrication systems and relative to materials and context;
- communicate reflective and critical approaches through design process;
- evidence an awareness of historical, contemporary and future contexts for digital form and fabrication; and
- produce design outcomes that would otherwise be impossible without digital technologies.
Additional Course Costs
ANU does not cover digital fabrication production costs necessary to fulfil coursework projects.
Students should budget for a minimum of $200 for materials and digital fabrication for this course.
A full list of supplies and resources for the course is available at https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Q_-G_oU3gAdOCmgFwOi1UpNNMB_xPSx8?usp=sharing
Examination Material or equipment
Students will need access to their own computer and access to a digital fabrication bureau to complete course projects.
The ANU Makerspace is a low cost self service bureau on Campus.
The computer needs capacity to run the software Autodesk Meshmixer, Fusion360 and McNeel Rhinoceros. Computer requirements can be found on the respective software websites via the "full list of supplies and resources" link above.
IMPORTANT: Before downloading McNeel Rhinoceros software to their computer, students should seek advice from their Lecturer.
Whether you are on campus or studying remotely, there are a variety of online platforms you will use to participate in your study program. These could include videos for lectures and other instruction, two-way video conferencing for interactive learning, email and other messaging tools for communication, interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities, print and/or photo/scan for handwritten work and drawings, and home-based assessment.
ANU outlines recommended student system requirements to ensure you are able to participate fully in your learning. Other information is also available about the various Learning Platforms you may use.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- written comments
- verbal comments
- feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc
ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Course overview – assessment items & expectations. Induction requirements overviewed including workshop access: DigiFab & MakerSpace & bureau manufacturers, & local manufacturing services firms. Software requirements and introduction to 3D modelling||Evidence of inductions – complete prior week 4. TBC|
|2||Lecture , software workflow demonstrations & studio activities. Task 2 discussions.|
|3||Lecture & studio activities. Final opportunity for feedback on Assessment I||Task 1 Individual Presentations Makerspace induction – evidence cited . TBC|
|4||Individual presentations as per scheduled.||Task 1 Individual Presentations Workshop access – evidence cited (uploaded to Wattle). TBC|
|5||Lecture, studio activities, and seminar discussion. Task 2 consultations and feedback||Forum|
|6||Lecture, studio activities, and seminar discussion. Task 2 consultations and feedback||Informal concept group presentations : Assessment Task 2|
|7||Last opportunity for Task 2 Feedback. Introduce Task 3 and establish Teams for group work||Task 2 Phyical Prototypes due for presentation and discussion in today's class. Task documentation submitted to Wattle Friday 5pm|
|8||Lecture and Task 3 Studio Activities Team consultations and concept development|
|9||Lecture and Studio Activities Individual consultations and last opportunity for feedback on Task 3 Phase 1.||Task 3 Phase 1Due. Team design concept presentations in class including sketch plans, form, process & material expectations. Online Groupwork report due Friday at 5pm|
|10||Lecture and Studio Activities|
|11||Project development discussions, troubleshooting and Individual consultations .|
|12||Course recap, troubleshooting and Individual consultations Final opportunity for feedback on Assessment Task 3|
|13||Project completion week|
|14||Final Individual Submission due (exam week)||Task 3 phase 2 Friday 10th June 5pm Online portfolio and accompanying 2-minute pre-recorded video presentation|
See Wattle Course site
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Scoping the Field||20 %||18/03/2022||01/04/2022||DESN2001: 1,2,4 DESN6001: 1,2,4,5|
|Digital Fabrication Vocabularies||30 %||22/04/2022||06/05/2022||DESN2001: 2,3 DESN6001: 2,3,5|
|Otherwise Impossible||50 %||10/06/2022||24/06/2022||DESN2001: 1,2,3,4 DESN6001: 1,2,3,4,5|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Moderation of Assessment
Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
Participation in the weekly classes is essential to fulfilling the learning outcomes of this course. If you cannot attend all of the scheduled classes, please consider a different course.
This course does not include a formal examination. Examinable elements are outlined above in assessible items 1-3.
Assessment Task 1
Scoping the Field
Students will submit a report and present a 5-minute presentation on a topic determined during class in week 1. Topics will span the historical, contemporary and future contexts of digital form and fabrication.
Presentations will take place during class in weeks 3 & 4 , online forum submissions due in week 4, Friday 18th March at 5pm
Word limit: DESN2001 - 1,000 words
Word limit: DESN6001 - 1,800 words
Assessment Task 2
Digital Fabrication Vocabularies
Students will present a portfolio of work showing their iterative and creative explorations of digital technologies and processes demonstrating the development and resolution of ideas. Portfolios will be submitted using an agreed digital platform/software. This will involve the use of digital drawing tools to specify designs and selected digital manufacturing technologies to produce artefacts. The rationale for this task is to facilitate understanding of materials, tools, processes and technologies that will serve as a vocabulary of skills they will use in Assessment 3, ?‘Otherwise Impossible?’?.
Presentation requirements: Submit week 8 during class (physical and online components).Digital Online Portfolio due week 7, Friday 22nd April at 5pm
Guidelines and assessment details to be provided on Wattle
Assessment Task 3
This task invites students to undertake an ambitious project to produce work that would be otherwise impossible to realise without digital technologies. Students are asked to reflect on the distinctive attributes of digital design and fabrication and asked to produce object/s that respond to the title 'Otherwise Impossible", demonstrating a thoughtful and appropriate use of the technologies, processes and materials applied. The design process employed , research and references informing them are to be presented as part of the final folio documentation together with the final work. The final project requires you to evidence experimentation in form, fabrication and materials, and to employ critical thinking and making to ideate and resolve a prototype using digital fabrication in an individual and collaborative environment.
This is a 2 phased project.
Phase 1? is a teamwork assignment where multiple concepts and preliminary prototypes will be developed and presented in a single team design portfolio, addressing the topic title Otherwise Impossible. Each Team create a series of quick exploratory prototypes developing 2 to 3 ideas and potential digital fabrication processes , and then present their responses in a short class presentation. All students will individually offer constructive critical feedback to the presentations via forum responses . Each Team will then prepare and submit a summary online Phase 1 report to be submitted online.
Phase 2,? each student will independently complete an individual digital fabrication project that develops a selection from Phase 1 outcomes, and demonstrates critical reflection on weekly critiques and feedback sessions during the task.
Submission includes a 1:1 model (or justified scale model) developed from the determined design and fabrication drawings documented as part of a design portfolio uploaded to Wattle.
Both team and individual submissions in Phase 1 and 2 need to address the selected design rationale and demonstrate critically engaged process development by illustrating and documenting iterative experiments across multiple digital and analogue mediums, and interactions with others necessary to resolve the final design prototype.
Value: 50%? (Group Work - 15%; Individual Work - 35%)
Phase 1? Team/groupwork Presentation in Week 9 Class and follow up forum responses on the same day. Group Report due in Week 9, Friday 6th May. Feedback provided during class presentation and Wattle forum responses . Each group member receives the same grade for the Teamwork component)
Phase 2 ?Final Individual Submission: due Friday 10th June ( Exam period )
Students will be required to submit their finished works as part of an online portfolio and will have the opportunity to speak to their work through a 2-minute pre-recorded video presentation uploaded to accompany the portfolio (the video presentation will not be assessed).
|Course Rubric : LO's||HD||D||C||P||F|
Apply computer aided design (CAD) software to the design and specification of the built environment
Comprehensively develops and applies of a range ofrelevant and advanced level digital and analogue skills regularly to a superior level
Develops and applies a range of relevant and advanced level digital and analogue skills regularly to a superior level
Develops and applies relevant digital and analogue skills intermittently to a good, independently capable level.
Develops and applies relevant digital and analogue skills on occasion to a basic level.
Relevant digital and analogue skills are below a satisfactory standard.
Demonstrate understanding of operational constraints and appropriate use of Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) systems.
Consistently and comprehensive demonstrates understandings and applies them strategically to achieve outstanding project results
Regularly demonstrates understandings and applies these knowledgeably to achieve superior project results
Intermittently demonstrates understandings and applies these capably to achieve results above average project results
On occasion demonstrates understandings and applies these satisfactorily to achieve basic project results
Does not demonstrate or understandings or apply them to achieve satisfactory project results.
Communicate reflective and critical approaches through the design process.
Knowledge is communicated at an outstanding level in a critical, systematic way through project work, writing and discussion, comprehensively articulating relationships between design process, technology and its impact on the built environment
Knowledge is communicated at a superior level in a critical, systematic way through project work, writing and discussion, consistently articulating relationships between design process, technology and its impact on the built environment
Knowledge is communicated to a good level in a critical, way through project work, writing and discussion, intermittently articulating relationships between design process, technology and its impact on the built environment
Knowledge is communicated to a basic level in a critical, way through project work, writing and discussion, sometimes articulating relationships between design process, technology and its impact on the built environment
Knowledge of relationships is not evidenced in writing, discussion and completed project work
Evidence and awareness of historical, contemporary and future contexts for digital form
Awareness shows a lucid comprehensive synthesis of relevant contextual relationships , informed by critical analysis and articulated to an outstanding level in writing and discussion
The work evidences high level synthesis of contextual, historical, and theoretical knowledge informed by some critical analysis, articulated to a high level in writing and discussion
Work evidences good analysis and integration of contextual, historical, and theoretical knowledge, articulated to a capable level in writing and discussion
Work evidences basic analysis of contextual, historical, or theoretical knowledge articulated to a satisfactory level in writing and discussion
Insufficient evidence of contextual, historical, or theoretical knowledge in writing and discussion
Produce design outcomes that would otherwise be impossible without digital technologies.
Completed design works demonstrate integrated concepts and processes that show a sophisticated understanding of digital technology opportunities and limits, outstanding creative works and accompanying documentation
Completed design works demonstrate integrated concepts and processes that show a superior understanding of digital technology opportunities and limits, high quality creative works and accompanying documentation
Completed design works demonstrate some integration of concepts and processes that show understanding of digital technology opportunities and limits, good quality execution and accompanying documentation
Completed design works demonstrate some concepts and /or processes that show a basic understanding of digital technology opportunities and limits, satisfactory execution and accompanying documentation
Design works fail to sufficiently demonstrate a basic understanding of digital technology opportunities and limits, unsatisfactory execution and /or documentation
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