Digital fabrication

    The area of Digital Fabrication is a key research area in the Design and Computation Group. The group is committed to hands-on learning, creative applications of new technology, and an open-source ethos of community and sharing. Therefore it is both committed to research and teaching activity in the area of Digital Fabrication since more than a decade striving to make the latest advances in the field available for the students of the faculty as well as to visiting students from abroad. The classes offered by the group are meant to introduce the fundamentals of the computational approach to architectural knowledge and form by exploring algorithmic perspectives of architectural design. The main goal is to understand the potential of the computational tools for solving specific problems in architectural design and digital fabrication. The Design and Computation group supervises a state of the art facility dedicated to Digital Fabrication at the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Lisbon, the LPR. The lab houses 3D printers, laser cutters, computer-controlled milling machines, and other equipment that allows students to integrate digital modeling and control into fabricated objects. The laboratory is open to all FAUL students and serves as a hub for innovative interdisciplinary work on all areas available at the Faculty. The use of some equipment is limited to students who have completed a course that teaches the use of that equipment.