Far from whatever human could imagine before, we can explore new experiences all because of brand new technologies in digital fabrication. These experiences are ahead to challenges for materials beyond how they used to implemented, rapid prototyping and testing new forms functions and more. The main activity by this path which is under developing as a parallel line beside technology progressions. By all we have in mind here are some of the features and levels which this department is following.
Using 3D printers, also known as 3D rapid-prototyping, are capable of taking digital geometry in the form of a stereolithographic file (.stl) and producing small models. Here at DFALab we currently have three ABS 3D printers available for researchers. The necessary files can be produced from a variety of different 3D modeling softwares, such as Rhino, 3D studio max, and Digital Project. Regardless of what software has been used, the file must be “watertight,” that is no open edge and that’s an instance where we try to get you there. Another step is experiencing more details all by 5-Axis CNC routers. The 5-Axis CNC router expands the DFAlab’s potentials to perform subtractive fabrication of large volumetric parts. The machine also enables complex joint design by allowing undercuts and compound miter cuts. We are also going to use CNC routers. The CNC router tool is optimized for special scenarios in certain materials. DFALab keeps a large inventory of tools for various tasks with the help of other companies and we will present them by mutual projects ASAP. The story has just began and it is following by CNC waterjet. The 3 axis Water Jet cutting system is designed for cutting 2 dimensional profiles or shapes out of flat sheet materials, ranging from sheet metal to metal plate and plastics. The Department of Digital Fabrication in Ardaena (DFALab) is an initiative to lead the development and integration of digital technologies within the field of architecture.
The DFALab has been a continued leader among academic institutions utilizing robotic automation to perform both subtractive and additive manufacturing processes which brings us to ask you for following our projects by this page.