SCI-Arc Shanghai, China

The SCI-Arc Shanghai initiative offers an intensive three-month design course for Digital Design & Fabrication in 3D printing, virtual/augmented reality and robotics. 

Participants will receive a certificate of completion from SCI-Arc and will be eligible to apply to SCI-Arc’s Master of Architecture program for Fall 2016 after completion of this program. 

This program is designed for students, architects, designers, artists, and individuals of all backgrounds who wish to engage with new techniques of complex geometric modeling in digital design, advanced fabrication techniques of additive manufacturing, and robotics. It offers new means for design inquiry where participants will actively use and explore computational tools both in stages of concept and practice. It is a full-time initiative requiring a minimum of 30 hours per week; including 8 hours, 3 times a week for studio and 3 hours, 2 times a week for seminars. 

This initiative also includes a cultural study seminar with field trips and a portfolio preparation seminar.

Design Studio

Titled “The Pursuit of 3D Printable Products in the Era of Digital Design,” this studio will focus on how 3D printing can be developed into real consumer products that suit market needs, as well as business strategies on 3D printing design applications.

Additive manufacturing technology (3D printing) not only brings new beginnings to an industrial revolution, it also brings self-expression to new design approaches, allowing abstract ideas to be realized and new techniques to develop new form of geometries. Today, additive manufacturing technologies can quickly create tangible items that allow individuals to touch, feel and assess their design. The incredible possibilities afforded by these new technologies allow us to reinterpret the tradition of design thinking, permitting much higher quality products to be printed on-demand in the near future.

This studio combines complex digital sculpting and modeling, industrial design engineering and 3D printing to enable the reflexive integration of virtual and physical objects. Digital modeling, prototyping and computational analysis will be mobilized against one another in an effort to refine the resolution, precision and performance of the designed objects.

Digital Workshops

Each workshop will begin on the first week of each month and will be taught by SCI-Arc Alumni & Faculty. Students will have access to the digital fabrication lab from Xuberance Co.Ltd and the Architecture Institute of China’s Shanghai Campus (includes: 3D printing & robotic labs, campus cafeteria, lounges and recreational facilities).

Additional Information

The 2016 SCI-Arc Shanghai initiative will be led by SCI-Arc alumnus Steven Ma  (M.Arch '08) principal and founder of China’s first 3D printing firm Xuberance, and a team from his office, as well as invited guests. The workshop will be held in English and run primarily using software such as Autodesk MAYA, Zbrush, Rhino, Grasshopper, Processing, UnReal Engine, Materialise Magics, etc. Participants need to bring their own laptops or workstations. 

Student work will be exhibited at a SCI-Arc Alumni Event in August and a final presentation will be held at SCI-Arc’s Los Angeles Campus. SCI-Arc leadership will be present at the final reviews for this program. Xuberance will provide various robots and 3D printers including FDM, DLP and SLA onsite for prototyping purposes during the design process. Industrial printer outsourcing such as EOS (SLS/SLM/TPA)/ 3D-Systems (SLA), Stratasys (Polyjet-Color), etc. will also be available at the lowest printing cost for students.