Course details

CNC Machining / Robots in Artistic Practice

CNC FaVU CNC Acad. year 2022/2023 Summer semester 3 credits

Current academic year

The course offers an introduction to how industrial robots can be utilised in artistic practice – in sculpture and object making. The course introduces students to 3D machining and its possibilities. Following topics are to be touched upon: work safety in a robotic workplace, robot programming, 3D model preparation for machining, model import into Autodesk PowerMill, NC path generation, simulation and modification robot movement, preparation of the robot for work, selection and preparation of material for machining, practical exercises in 3D machining.


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Time span

  • 8 hrs lectures



Subject specific learning outcomes and competences

As the outcome of the course, students will gain a relevant fundament of knowledge and skills in 3D machining. Those will allow them to estimate the appropriate procedures in the machine production of specific objects. Students will be able to independently work both with software used for 3D machining and with the robot itself.

Learning objectives

The objective of the course is to acquaint students with the technology of 3D robotic machining, to teach them how to use this technology in creative practice. Students should – based on lectures and practical exercises – acquire the skills necessary for independent work in the field of robotic machining and thus expand their knowledge about technology used in sculpting.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Basic knowledge of working with a personal computer, the ability to orient in a virtual space, patience and interest in 3D technology. Experience with 3D programs (3D Max, Maya, Rhinoceros 3D, SolidWorks, etc.) is welcomed.

Study literature

  • Labaco, Ron. Out of Hand. Materializing the Postdigital. Black Dog Publishing, 2013.

Fundamental literature

  • Willmann, J.; Block, P.; Hutter, M.; Byrne, K.; Schork, T. (eds.). Robotic Fabrication in Architecture, Art and Design 2018. Springer, 2018.

Progress assessment

The credit is awarded in the basis of attendance and fulfilment of assigned tasks.

Teaching methods and criteria

Specific features of the technology and its possible extensions in artistic practice are introduced first in lectures, which are followed-up with exercises aiming on the acquisition of skills. Substantial part of the practical exercises is made in groups.

Controlled instruction

Attendance compulsory (80%).

Course inclusion in study plans

  • Programme BIT, 1st year of study, Elective
  • Programme BIT (in English), 1st year of study, Elective
  • Programme IT-BC-3, field BIT, 1st year of study, Elective
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