Class Digital Processes II

  • Presentation


    The curricular unit of digital processes II has the main purpose of creating a platform that explores the creative architectural process in its digital component. Despite its strong software component, the transition between analogue methods (models, sketches and diagrams) and the structural logic of computer graphics associated with three-dimensional modeling will also be addressed. The relevance of integrating digital manufacturing processes and tools will be highlighted, giving emphasis to the methods CAD-CAE-CAM (computer aided design, computer aided engineering and computer aided manufacture).

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  • Syllabus


    - Interface and workflow, 2d and 3d modeling environment

    - Cartesian spaces and topological spaces, NURBS CAD-CAE-CAM digital integration

    - Geometric modeling based on primitives with points, curves (NURBS), surfaces, polysurfaces

    - Creation of ruled surfaces, types and methods.

    - Boolean operations with polysurfaces; polygonal meshes

    - Two-dimensional and three-dimensional modeling

    - Import and export of files - Analysis of geometries and 3D prototyping

    - Layout and printing

    - Exploration of Rhino plug-ins and add-ons

    - Introduction to the Grasshopper graphical algorithms editor

  • Objectives


    The objective of the curricular unit is essentially to provide students with three-dimensional modeling techniques and processes in the conception of their creative ideas. The role of digital integration of digital tools and processes, namely CAD-CAE-CAM integration, should be reinforced. The software should be interpreted as a tool capable of assisting the creative process and materializing the architectural form. The potential of these new processes in the domain of space, scale and light will also be mentioned.

  • References


    Kolarevic, Branko, Designing and Manufacturing Architecture in the Digital Age, Spoon Press Taylor & Francis Group, Nova Iorque, 2003.


    Castro Henriques, Gonçalo, Bueno, Ernesto, Geometrias Complexas e Desenho Paramétrico¿, em: Vitruvius / Drops¿, n.30. Romano Guerra·2010, Novembro 2009. Disponível em


    Coutinho, F., Duarte, J.P., Krüger, M., 2013. Digital fabrication and rapid prototyping as a generative process. Green Design, Materials and Manufacturing Process. A.A. Balkema Publishers.  Taylor & Francis The Netherlands. pp. 509-512


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