Computational design

Computational design changes the way we design and produce. But it can also change the way design looks like. “designstrategies.org” explores the impact of computational design on our environment and will teach you how to do it!
Computational design

Design strategies

Computer think digital, humans think analog. Computational design is based on digital design strategies, the way, computer think. A good understanding and practise of these strategies will make the computer a better friend and help you with your own design.
Digital fabrication

Digital fabrication

Digital fabrication methods like 3d printing, CNC milling and laser cutting translate your computational design into reality and enable you to create a great variety of individual design solutions. But how does this work?


Learn the principles of ‘Design Strategies’ for your projects!The learning sections are based on the teaching and research experience of “Digitales Entwerfen” at School of design Mainz, Germany. Software: mainly 3ds max and para 3d.


For insights and inspiration - the blog area is a selection of external talks, projects and inspiration in the field of computational design.

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  • Digital Production, Video

    Robolab for digital fabrication

    Robolab University Of Applied Science Mainz is an interdisciplinary lab powered by Carl Zeiss Stiftung. It consists of the area “surveying technology”, “digital fabrication” and “human machine interaction”. “Robolab digital fabrication” as part of Robolab is located at School Of Design Mainz, interior architecture. Focus of “Robolab digital fabrication” is to enable designers to create […]

  • Modelling

    “Edit Poly” modifier

    This video explains you the basics of “edit poly” from a design point of view and should enable you to design most of your designs via “Edit poly”.

  • Digital Design

    DE 2, Conceptual Design “Pattern 5”, WS 2016/2017

    Das Semester beschäftigt sich mit der Erlernung und Einübung digitaler Entwurfsstrategien als Conceptual Design anhand einer einfachen Entwurfsaufgabe in 3D: „Shop für ein Modelabel“ auf Basis eines vorgegebenen 2D-Pattern. Die Studierenden erlernen das photorealistische Visualisieren ihrer Entwurfsübung. Hierbei stehen Themen wie Material, Licht und Bildatmosphäre für die Erstellung der atmosphärischen Visualisierungen im Mittelpunkt.

  • Digital Design

    DE1, “Digitale Gestaltungsgrundlagen”, “Pattern 5”, WS 2016/2017

    Der Kurs „Digitales Entwerfen 1“ im ersten Semester vermittelt die Grundlagen im Umgang mit dem Computer im Bereich der Darstellenden Geometrie sowie digitaler Präsentationstechniken anhand von Mustern- Pattern. Die Studenten werden in die Lage versetzt, mit Hilfe des Computers Geometrien dreidimensional zu bearbeiten und in ein physisches Architekturmodell zu überführen. Grundkenntnisse für die Erstellung atmosphärischer […]

  • Visualisation

    Material library

    You can load additional materiallibraries into your material-browser: 1.: open material browser via “get material” and “open material-library”   2.: Import “material library”.  You can “Open”, “Edit” and “Close” material library     DE-Material Library Glas & Plastic (mental ray) The material library “Glas & Plastic” constists of transparent and transluzent materials. The most important […]

  • Modelling

    Workspace DE with dimension chain, sectioning and export function

    The aim of  the extension “DIMaster” for 3ds max is to give basic functionality for drawing dimension chains like in CAD. You can use it for visualisation and quick drawings with dimension chains for export to illustrator and CAD. But for more complex technical drawings, 3ds max doesn´t replace a proper CAD programm like autocad. […]

  • Modelling

  • DE 3 – “Parametric Design & Digital Production”, SoSe 2016

    Dieser Kurs beschäftigte sich mit kleinen Gestaltungsübungen mit dem Fokus: parametrisches 3D Modeling und digitale Fertigung anhand der Gestaltungsaufgabe Leuchte: parametrische Leuchte auf Basis eines Musters, Leuchte basierend auf einer Waffelstruktur.

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