FabLab – Amazing Maze
BA - Digital Fabrication, 2016
  • 3D-Modeling
  • Bachelor
  • CNC
  • Cologne
  • Digital Fabrication
  • Milan

Through the integration of digital fabrication tools in actual design and production processes, the boundaries between design development and production become increasingly blurred. In contrast to a concept of hierarchical design development in this environment the design development process is driven by the process of making: thinking by making. After the era of industrial production, the possi­bilities created by computer-aided design and manufacturing revive some fundamental principles of traditional crafts and inevitably lead to new design aesthetics. The course explores this potential through the processing of digital designs into physical objects.

A 3-axis CNC milling machine was used to realize an intricate spatial and path system. The aim was to develop a three-dimensional maze, to be created by using subtractive modelling strategies and which had to be subsequently cnc-milled from a specified MDF block. In addition to designing a spatially exciting routing, the focus was mainly on an early and skillful integration of the production parameters into the design concept.


Daniel Polo, Giada Bevilacqua, He Yuan, Cindy Hens,  Pietro Ciurlo, Olivia Daw, Andrea Colombo, Andrea Ferrerio, Maria Giardino, Mikael Svenson, Matteo Cavaglià, Sabrina Sgaramella, Daniel Favaro, Emiliano Berni

Marco Hemmerling, Alessio Mazzucchi
Politecnico di Milano

André Classen, Simon Berke, Elena Lang, Johann Hoerniss, Janik Lügtenaar, Patrick Jantzen, Marie-Theres Ley, Natalie Marek, Tom de Silva

Marco Hemmerling, Jens Böke
Faculty of Architecture, Cologne University of Applied Sciences