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70 303 Digital fabrication, technologies and processes

Full course name in Norwegian Bokmål: 
Digital fabrication, technologies and processes
Course code: 
70 303
Level of study: 
Teaching semester: 
2024 Autumn
Assessment semester: 
2024 Autumn
Language of instruction: 
Maximum number of students: 
Required prerequisite knowledge

Passed foundation level (BA-level) courses at AHO or equivalent, 180 ECTS.

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

Recommended prior knowledge:

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

The course is open to design and architecture students.

Course content

Digital fabrication is in rapid development and increasingly involved in design and architectural processes, as a tool for prototyping and construction. The course is meant for design- and architectural students at master's level, that seek a deeper insight in the utilization of digital fabrication, in their studies and elsewhere.

This course will give insight into use, limitations and possibilities with some of these technologies through practical, hands- on exercises. The course is meant for both design and architecture students who want a practice based understanding of existing and emerging digital fabrication technologies. The course will enable the students to explore many of these technologies through small workshops and exercises.


The course is a collaboration between the academic staff at the Institute of Design, the Institute of Architecture and staff at the workshops at AHO.

Learning outcome


At the end of the course the students will

  • have knowledge about SLA, SLS, FDM, 3DP, lasercutting, knifecutting and 3D scanning.
  • have hands-on knowledge in how to run the different machines.
  • know how to evaluate the usefulness of the 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.
  • possess the necessary knowledge involved in preparation and pre-processing of digital CAD files. 

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 in the workshops. The course culminates with an exhibition demonstrating selected outcome of the course.

Teacher: Ricardo Simian


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.

Form of assessmentGroupingGrading scaleComment
Portfolio assessment (Vurderingsmappe)IndividualPass / fail Assignments will be given between ordinary course days. 5 of these are required to be submitted and is part of the assessment. The will also be a final oral examination.
Form of assessment:Portfolio assessment (Vurderingsmappe)
Grading scale:Pass / fail
Comment: Assignments will be given between ordinary course days. 5 of these are required to be submitted and is part of the assessment. The will also be a final oral examination.