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Digital 3D Fabrication (Rapid Prototyping with CNC Routing, 3D Printing and Laser Cutting) FSF202


Participation in this unit requires intermediate level computer skills.  This would comprise competence in file management and Macintosh and Windows graphical interfaces.  Some experience in graphical software such as image editing and drawing is expected.  An understanding of around year 10 level mathematical concepts is also expected, including vectors, cartesian coordinates and geometry.

Enrolment restrictions may apply.


The 21st century is presenting a revolution in making that is characterised by a departure from the heavy infrastructure of mass production to the bespoke digital design and manufacture of objects. CNC Routers, 3D printers, Laser cutters are revolutionizing this bespoke production.

This practical unit will explore contemporary techniques for both scanning and modeling 3D forms, as well as staged skill acquisition from concept sketch to 3D model, with subsequent refinement to produce machine ready files.

Exercises will explore strategies for creating and constructing forms and the preflight checking of files for a variety of print, routing and cutting processes.

Students will undertake a self-initiated project taking a concept from initial sketch to fabrication of a completed prototype.


Unit name Digital 3D Fabrication (Rapid Prototyping with CNC Routing, 3D Printing and Laser Cutting)
Unit code FSF202
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Creative Arts
Discipline Arts

Teaching staff

Dr William Hart

Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


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Teaching Pattern

3 x 4hrs workshop a week for 3 weeks (36 hours contact) with an expectation of at least an additional 40 hrs unsupervised work.


Class exercises (50%), Design Project (50%)

The internal exercises will consist of a suite of practical technical and design exercises using software for specific prototyping outcomes.

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