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Introduction to Fabrication ZAE105

Cradle Coast, Launceston, Hobart


This unit introduces key concepts, processes and principles of industry 4.0 driven digital fabrication in a manufacturing environment. You will undertake small-scale, team-based project work to create fabricated objects that relate to a local industry, organisation or community need or opportunity. To achieve this, you will plan your fabrication project identifying safety, quality, velocity and cost issues that you might encounter. You will then complete the fabrication component of the project, which involves incorporating the use of common materials and digital fabrication equipment, including initial CAD modelling. Other practical learning activities include component fabrication, additive manufacturing, laser-cutting, and forming and shaping by using various materials and approaches. You will prepare required toolsets and machinery, manage the fabrication process end-to-end, analyse outputs and finished products, and evaluate their conformance to requirements for safety, quality, velocity and cost.

This unit also introduces learning through practice by exposing you to authentic learning experiences. These experiences are placed at the centre of learning and assessment, so you have the opportunity to develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours necessary to respond to industry, community and/or global needs. You will be introduced to:
- a range of methods, tools, techniques and approaches to practice
- principles and perspectives such as values, ethics, empathy and leadership in real world scenarios
- reflection and deliberative thinking as a means of developing knowledge, skills, attitudes and aspirations
- ways of understanding problems and developing solutions through active inquiry.


Unit name Introduction to Fabrication
Unit code ZAE105
Credit points 12.5
College/School University College
Discipline Equipment Design
Coordinator Mr Mark Shelton
Available as student elective? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Cradle Coast Semester 2 On-Campus Domestic Domestic
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus Domestic
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

* 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

  • Use digital toolsets and digital literacies to develop effective engineering designs and models
  • Apply digital fabrication tools and techniques to plan and execute fabrication processes in a safe working environment
  • Reflect on the effectiveness of the fabrication process in relation to safety, quality, velocity and cost
  • Describe the effectiveness and efficiency of team-based manufacturing to maintain quality and safety of the design and build process
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
030101 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 not applicable $2,798.00

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Teaching Pattern

Burnie students: fornightly evening workshops
Launceston and Hobart students: monthly full day workshops

AssessmentAT1: Fabrication Plan (30%)|AT2: Fabrication Portfolio (50%)|AT3: Fabrication Review (20%)
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