Material Transformation Technologies
Official course registration, RVOE N° 20160730 | September 30, 2016


Environmental responsibility, productivity and material selections are increasingly important in mass-production, and this poses every greater challenges.
This graduate course trains specialist consultants and designers in new manufacturing and material transformation processes, for the application of innovative processes to resolve current and future problems, in all fields related to industrial design.

The Material Transformation Technologies course is for professionals seeking to become experts in industrial production and manufacturing processes, for the transformation of materials into value-added products based on the implementation of current digital manufacturing and prototyping techniques.

After completing this course, students will have expertise in industrial production and manufacturing processes for the transformation of materials into commercial products. As designers, specialist consultants or members of interdisciplinary teams in the fields of architecture and design, they will assess the most innovative and environmentally friendly manufacturing processes which are also socially responsible and highly efficient, from a mass-production perspective.

The specialization is divided into two semesters. In the first, students are introduced to digital manufacturing and the basic principles of sustainability, and are given the opportunity to explore materials such as plastics, rubbers and wood. In the second semester they learn about digital manufacturing in greater depth, working with materials such as metal, ceramics and glass.

Digital manufacturing
3D modeling of prototypes in various materials, applying different codes, using axes and tools linked to these CNC machines.
Identifying the close connection between ecology and economics, and recognizing its importance in the design and implementation of regenerative systems.
Applying sustainability criteria in our environment, bringing into play environmental, financial, social and political factors.
Plastics and rubbers
Identifying and offering polymer-based design solutions to be implemented in manufacturing processes with CNC digitizing.
Identifying and proposing design solutions based on wood and its by-products to be implemented in manufacturing processes with CNC digitizing.

Advanced digital manufacturing
Programming digital CNC machines for 3D modeling of mass-produced industrial products.
Identifying and offering design solutions using metals, classifying metals, metalworking joints, finishes and environmental impact, to be implemented in manufacturing processes with CNC digitizing.
Identifying and describing the features, transformation processes and finishes of ceramics, stone and concrete, in order to identify problems in current products and propose design solutions based on these materials.
Generating innovative ideas for the use of glass in order to identify problems related to product design and solutions using glass.

Honors degree* | Letter of motivation | Curriculum vitae | Interview | Portfolios
* For CENTRO undergraduates, this specialization can count towards the degree requirements in lieu of a thesis.

August | Course length: 1 year (2 semesters) | Credits: 46 | Class schedule: Thursdays, 6.00pm-10.00pm; Saturdays, 9.00am-1.00pm.