Learning in a digital fabrication course on building tangible artefacts

Vijayakumar Nanjappan, Georgi V. Georgiev, Hernan Casakin, Sohail Ahmed Soomro

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This paper examines how students' ideas evolve into physical prototypes within a digital fabrication design course. Examining the materials used, customization approaches, iterations, and team dynamics of 26 student projects reveals interplays between ideas, available tools, materials and constraints. Findings show the predominance of techniques, design preferences, concept refinement, and teamwork challenges. The implications highlight the value of hands-on iteration for alignment with reality and the need to support collaboration skills alongside technical prototype development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2943-2952
Number of pages10
JournalProceedings of the Design Society
StatePublished - 2024
Event2024 International Design Society Conference, Design 2024 - Cavtat, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Duration: 20 May 202423 May 2024


  • 3D printing
  • design education
  • digital fabrication
  • fablab
  • prototyping


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