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James Kimo Safford Griggs
ARCH 485
Seattle Campus

Digital Craft Workshop: Advanced Projects in CAD

Advanced topics for students who have completed one or more design computing courses and wish to develop a project further. Offered: W.

Class description

This course will emphasize the digital-manufacturing/fabrication side of the Computer-Aided-Design-and-Manufacturing (CAD/CAM) continuum, and is intended to build on knowledge and experience gained during the Introduction to Digital Design and Fabrication (Griggs) & Digital Design for Fabrication (Corser). If you have not taken these courses you should contact the instructor to discuss enrollment. The course will engage our digital design and fabrication resources to produce carefully crafted projects using digital solid modeling and digitally-enabled manufacturing tools. There will be site visits to some vendors and other places of interest.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lectures & hands-on workshop sessions

Recommended preparation

Students registering for this class should have a high level of comfort with NURBS and Solid Digital modeling using software such as Rhinoceros and Solidworks. An introductory Digital Fabrication course should be considered a prerequisite.

Class assignments and grading

A research project will be required, culminating in a written report and a short presentation to the class.

A series of small, or one larger project will be required to be digitally designed and made using our digitally-enabled fabrication tools.

Research Project will account for 1/3 of the final grade

Digitally-designed and fabricated projects will account for 2/3 of the final grade


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by James Kimo Safford Griggs
Date: 02/15/2011