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Professional Development Program Digital Fabrication

Producing in 3D

Professional Development Program Digital Fabrication

The program at a glance

Language English or Italian
Certification Domus Academy Certificate
Duration 2 full days + 1 day optional


Why is there so much talk about the third industrial revolution? Traditional manufacturing meets the digital world: new technologies, software, machines, materials and new processes are progressively suggesting alternatives to the traditional production methods. Industrial mass production is changing: nowadays the latest market demands can be summarized in the formula ‘less products, higher value, exclusive”.

The quest for personalized items slides perfectly into the worlds of the maker culture and digital fabrication. It is now possible to produce limited quantities of items, in a shorter space of time with a high level of personalization. The perfect example of this is 3D printing. With this technology we are not only witnessing a revolution that is underway in manufacturing but also observing the creation and development of the machinery used in the production processes implicating substantial changes to the distribution systems.

Course Leadership

Opendot in collaboration with Domus Academy.

Opendot is a FabLab and a hub of research and open innovation. It is a spin-off from the company Dotdotdot – a Milanese studio of exhibition and interaction design.
Opendot was founded to create a facility for rapid prototyping, research and experimentation in the area of technological innovation.
For further information, please visit the web site


Demonstration + Backgrounds and theory.

The key objective of the course is update, develop and learn theory as well as the innovative applications in the world digital fabrication. They will guide the participants to the target projects and to new spheres of intervention for the production of avant-garde solutions. These can generate original ideas to create something of value for the companies.

Method and Contents 

Day 1 

Information on the impact of digital fabrication in 3D printing.

  1. Real-time production (producing the object for the client);
  2. Personalized production (modify, adapt, personalize design);
  3. Scattered production (local production all over the world).


Day 2 

Focus on technology and its applications.

  1. Additive manufacturing (production techniques of finished products based on additive technologies);
  2. Rapid prototyping (techniques developed to simulate a finished product that does not exist, to accelerate the time-to-market);
  3. Rapid tooling (how to make the tools from molds to utensils, customized measurements to suit the company’s requirements);
  4. 3D printing (open source and self-built machines, production and experimentation on the materials from the basics, original and innovative processes);

Familiarizing with the machines – how they work and the potential of the custom 3D printers.  Brainstorming on the possible applications for the company.

Day 3 (optional) 

Design in team: from the idea to the product.

The third day will be dedicated to the development of a real project starting from the company’s know-how and its specific needs. The course will include the production of an object that will epitomize the processes and experiences shared during the two previous days centered on the specific experimental needs of the company, the designers involved, the managers and the technicians.


These programs have been conceived for companies, associations, agencies, consulting companies from a variety of sectors.

They aim at exploring a number of experimental processes and broaden the participants’ horizons through innovative methods and the integration of different disciplines.