design – material – production

design – material – production


design results of the workshop with Sebastian Bächer and Hans Sachs

In a 5-day compact workshop, students from MCDC created several real size folded furniture prototypes from flat sheet composite materials such as DiBond®, AlucoBond® and Hylite®.

The workshop is part of the series „digital crafting“ – a methodological didactical design concept that intertwines the design and production process. While developing their individual design concepts, students focused on material properties, behavior and digital processing techniques.


development of the initial ideas using Rhinoceros/Grasshopper and paper models

With their self-created software tools they automatized and adapted processes of structural analysis, form finding as well as the creation of production data (G-Codes) for the available CNC machines. With these tools the students have been able to immediately create realistic prototypes considering principal material and processing details which of course, led to basic adaptations in the conceptual design. This way of „material thinking“ and process driven design represents a bottom up approach in design development, which, in combination with a comprehensive conceptual design thinking, has the potential to enable vivid, surprising creations and an alternative perspective to problem solving. The course was kindly supported by 3A Composites.


we produced the designs inhouse on our CNC-milling machine


after milling the contours the panels were folded into their resulting shape

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folded bench by Tal Friedmann



Sebastian Bächer /Tischlerei Bächer

Hans Sachs  / Responsive Design


Participating Students

Ethan Kerber, Ghaith Tish, Muralimanoj, Tal Friedmann, Alexander Filies.