Advanced Prototyping


How would you go about designing and prototyping a personalized fit bicycle helmet? And how will textile-based sensors or growing mycelium fungae, change the (design of) products of the future?  

In the Minor Advanced Prototyping you will design and build functional, low and high-fidelity prototypes, utilizing and showcasing the unique opportunities of digital fabrication and emerging materials. The course aims at equipping you with a wide range of advanced prototyping skills and in-depth knowledge of current state-of-the-art techniques to create prototypes which capture both function and appearance of the intended design.

Have a look at an impression of the results of the two courses in Q1, and of the results of the projects in Q2 of last year.

For whom?

Advanced Prototyping Minor suits both design-oriented students with science/ technology background and ‘science/technology’ oriented students with art/design background. The aim is to build project groups by combining students from these different backgrounds to create an environment in which students can reflect on the contribution of each discipline for advanced prototyping.

Selection takes place by means of a random draw, based on the following formula:
1/2 from Industrial Design Engineering (TU Delft)
1/2 from other Technical/Engineering disciplines (TU Delft)

This allocation is done to meet the interdisciplinary nature of the minor.
Minors of the faculty of Industrial Design Engineering are open only for students from academic programmes.

What will you learn?

In Q1 two courses Prototyping with/for Digital Fabrication (PDF), and Prototyping with/for Emerging Materials (PEM) run in parallel. These emphasise the role of these technologies and materials in prototyping advanced responsive, adaptive and/or ultra-personalised prototypes (i.e., prototyping with), and the role of prototyping for showing the potential of these materials and fabrication technologies (i.e., prototyping for).

In PDF course, you will be exposed to theories, methods, and techniques on digitalisation, design automation, and digital fabrication. Learning activities will include lectures and workshops on 3D scanning, 3D modelling and parametric design tools (using Rhino Grasshopper), generative design (e.g. topology optimization), and digital fabrication technologies like 3D printing, laser cutting, and CNC milling. You will apply the knowledge and skills obtained on these topics in an individual prototyping assignment, related to developing a ‘personalized fit’ product.

In PEM course, you will be exposed to the science and art of working with new, emerging materials. Per year, we alternate between different emerging material focuses, either focused on living materials (e.g. fungea, bacteria), or smart materials (e.g. smart textiles). Learning activities will include lectures and workshops related to Material Driven Design methodology, and specific emerging material-related topics. You will apply the obtained knowledge and skills in a group assignment, developing responsive and/or adaptive material concepts.For academic year 2022/2023 the Emerging Material focus will be: Smart Textiles.

In Q2, the obtained knowledge and skills of PDF and PEM are synthesised in the Advanced Prototyping Project (APP). In this group project, you will build (multiple) prototype(s), though an iterative design approach. You will test and evaluate your prototypes, and eventually exhibit both results from your prototyping process and final prototype(s) at a public venue (e.g. central hall of IDE faculty). The course offers the opportunity to select a project from a broad range of real-world cases (with a real client), related to digital fabrication and/or emerging materials. In the APP course you will also gain experience, through hand-on workshops, with various relevant design methods and soft skills, such as ‘user observation’, ‘interview techniques’, ‘material testing’, ‘product photography’, ‘video making’, and ‘pitching’.

Course overview

Note that these courses are an integral part of the minor, and cannot be followed as separate courses, due to the limited capacity.


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