Courses & Units

Digital Fabrication KDA149

Launceston, Hobart



This unit introduces you to the design and prototyping of 3D objects using digital modelling and fabrication techniques. Through hands-on exercises, you will gain knowledge of contemporary additive and subtractive rapid prototyping technologies and develop skills in object design and fabrication with an emphasis on Computer-Aided-Drawing (CAD) and Computer-Aided-Manufacturing (CAM).
You will gain a working knowledge of foundational communication techniques and graphic conventions for object design. With an emphasis on safety, hands-on work will involve an introduction to workshop protocols and safe working procedures. Employing a range of tools and techniques, you will digitally design and fabricate a full-scale prototype of a 3D object in response to a directed brief.


Unit name Digital Fabrication
Unit code KDA149
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Architecture and Design
Discipline Architecture & Design
Coordinator Mr Peter Booth
Available as student elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Apply digital fabrication techniques in designing and prototyping a 3D object.
  • Produce a 3D prototype using digital tools that explores relationships between concept, form, and technique.
  • Communicate design ideas and processes using scaled drawings.
  • Adhere to workshop protocols and demonstrate safe workshop practices.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
100500 $1,002.00 $858.00 not applicable $2,445.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

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Teaching Pattern

1 x 50 minute lecture delivered online, weekly digital activities, 3 x 4-hr studio workshops

AssessmentDigital Model Series (30%)|3D Prototype and Drawing Set (50%)|Workshop Report (20%)
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