3D Modelling and Fabrication (DECO1008)


This unit teaches students an understanding of the basic concepts of modelling and prototyping 3D artefacts. Students will develop skills in creating and using 3D models for various stages of a design process. The unit further introduces students to rapid prototyping fabrication techniques, such as 3D printing and laser cutting with the aim to understand how to prepare a digital representation of artefacts (such as digital products or packaging) for physical fabrication. Students will learn how physical artefacts are represented in 3D digital models by modelling various 3D geometric entities, and how to create photorealistic images that accurately and efficiently describe intent, structure, and geometric and surface variations of 3D models. Key concepts covered in this unit include: boundary representations, solid and parametric modelling, texture mapping, light sources, camera locations and projections.

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Lecture 1 hr/wk; tutorial 2 hrs/wk


Design Proposal (40%); Design Model (40%); Quizzes (20%)

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This unit is for students enrolled in the Bachelor of Design Computing only. Students enrolled in other programs should enrol in DECO2103.

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