Within the current global context of rapid change, integrated with the potentials of digital technologies, IAAC’s Master in Advanced Architecture (MAA) is committed to the generation of new ideas and applications for Urban Design, Self Sufficiency, Digital Manufacturing Techniques and Advanced Interaction.

In this context IAAC works with a multidisciplinary approach, facing the challenges posed by our environment and the future development of cities, architecture and buildings, through a virtuous combination of technology, biology, computational design, digital and robotic fabrication, pushing innovation beyond the boundaries of a more traditional architectural approach.

Introduction to Digital Fabrication

Group 20 Timber Spatial Joint Concept The aim of this timber spatial joint was to explore the bending technique applied to plywood or MDF using kerfing but also apply it in 2 directions instead of 1. The bent joint is then inserted into the circular wooden sticks and fixed in place using a wooden dowel. … Read more

Digital Fabrication – Testing & Prototyping

During the 3-week course of the Digital Fabrication course, we tested and investigated the opportunities and limitations that the latest fabrication methodologies provide in terms of design and fabrication. In this regard, we tested different materials and machines using CNC Milling, Laser Cutting and 3D Printing strategies. CNC Milling For the CNC Milling testing and … Read more

Introduction to Digital Fabrication

The introductory Digital Fabrication course proposed a three-week program of how to use three manufacturing methods- 3D printing, laser cutting, and CNC milling in order to understand the correlation between computer data and machine based fabrications. The intensive course dealt with research and study of each of the 3 techniques and led to detailed explorations … Read more

Slicing, Smoothing and Precision

Over the past three weeks, we took the Digital Fabrication introductory course through which we developed a foundational understanding of production techniques such as 3D printing, CNC milling, and laser cutting. In each section, we explored the capabilities and limitations of the manufacturing processes through test prototypes before finalizing the geometries. 3D PRINT_Angle Slicing In … Read more

Digital ways of Fabrication

Abstract The introductory course on Digital Fabrication proposes exploring new production techniques through the relationship between computer data and machine-oriented fabrication. The final purpose was to acclimatize with the three most common digital fabrication processes:  CNC milling, Laser Cutting, and 3D Printing.Our personal exploration of these techniques is here disclosed with these three models, which … Read more

Fabricating with Parameters

During the Introduction to Digital Fabrication course, we aimed to understand the methods of programming 3D Printing, CNC Milling and Laser Cutting machines. To learn the fundamentals of digital fabrication process, we had a certain amount of time for each method. Within the scope of the task, we wanted to get a grip on the … Read more

From Pattern to Modular Solutions

In order to familiarize and introduce us to different types of machinery tools and techniques, our studio was divided to three weeks of learning and exploring different machines related to different forms of digital fabrication. Each week we learned how to design and execute our model on different software related to the fabrication typology. This … Read more


In the Introduction to Digital Fabrication we were required to explore and investigate 3 different manufacturing processes which consisted of using a Laser Cutter, a 3D Printer and a CNC Milling machine. In the laser cutting exercise we looked at how to form a 3D spatial joint from 2D laser cut pieces. Essentially figuring out … Read more

Exploration to digital fabrication

ABSTRACT The digital fabrication studio introduced us to new techniques and ideas through relation between computer data and machine-oriented fabrication. AIM The aim of this course was to explore the design opportunities arising from three common digital fabrication process: 3D printing, CNC machine and Laser cutting. Each of us have designed their own idea and … Read more

Paradigm Shift

As an introduction to digital fabrication, a 3-weeks course was planned on new production techniques through the relation between computer data and machine-oriented fabrication. The aim of the course was to explore the design opportunities arising from three common digital fabrication processes: Laser Cutting, CNC milling and 3D Printing. We had to explore each technology … Read more


3D PRINTING Tutored by Ricardo Mayor The 3D Printing Machine produces high accuracy parts from Rhino or CAD with a high level of automation.As an additive manufacturing technology, the 3D printer allows for much more freedom in the forms it can create. Through the layering of filament the 3D printer can create complex forms although … Read more

Liquefied Conjectures

?? The aim of the digital fabrication introductory course was to utilize three fabrication methods – 3D printing, laser cutting, and CNC milling – to explore different possible geometries and outputs. The group’s aim for the three exercises has been to conjecture what different geometries would produce the most interesting outcomes in combination with the … Read more

Optimizing Form & Material Behavior

Abstract The aim of this exercise is the understanding of new production techniques through the relation between computer data and machine-oriented fabrication, bringing in a new perspective towards architecture and digital fabrication. As well as being able to invent strategies to translate geometry and systems into articulated and constructible solutions through exploring the opportunities arising … Read more

Flip, Kerf & Tile

00 – ABSTRACT Over the three weeks that lasted the Digital Fabrication Course the main goal was to learn how to develop, model, use the available machinery and prototype designs. For each week a different machine and techniques were used, respectively, CNC Milling, Laser Cutting and 3D printing. Different strategies were applied to achieve the … Read more


Digital Fabrication is an introductory 3-week course on new production techniques through the relationship between computer data and machine-oriented fabrication. The course aims to explore the design opportunities arising from three common digital fabrication processes: laser cutting, CNC milling, and 3D printing. Laser cutting_spatial joints This exercise aimed to join recycled timber beams into informed … Read more

Grappling The Grid

The Digital Fabrication introductory course focused on the exploration of different fabrication processes and getting to know the logic behind Laser cutting, 3D Printing and CNC Milling. The main aim of the course was not only to familiarize one with the machines and the FabLab protocol, but also to learn to design with the capabilities and … Read more

Prisms | Bending Modulor | Waving

ABSTRACT The aim of the digital fabrication course was to prototype and produce desired designs in 3 different methods like 3D printing, laser cutting and CNC milling. We explored variety of machining strategies to create particular textures and joints while the fabrication time was under consideration. EXERCISE 1 _ CNC Milling _ Prismatic Voronoi  The final … Read more

Fragmenting Curves

00- ABSTRACT Digital fabrication is a design and manufacturing workflow where digital data directly drives manufacturing equipment to form various part geometries. This data comes from CAD (computer-aided design), which is then transferred to CAM (computer-aided manufacturing) software. This data directs a specific additive and subtractive manufacturing tool, such as a 3D printer, CNC milling machine and Laser … Read more

Integrating the Inherent Nature- Introduction to Digital Fabrication

03.10.2022-21.10.2022 Laser Cutting03.10-07.10 Exploring the Fabrication Parameters of Spatial Joint Utilising the inherent property of trees The main inspiration behind the concept for this spatial timber joint is ‘edaphoecotropism’ which is a natural process of trees incorporating foreign objects into themselves. When a foreign object is in the way or obstructing the growth of a … Read more