What will I learn?

This microcredential investigates the use of 3D printing to structurally reinforce architectural elements in which the applications of digital modelling, structural analysis and robotic fabrication are utilised for the exploration of complex geometries.

About this microcredential

The geometries of load distribution paths are often far more complex, non-uniform and compelling than the structural elements themselves. This microcredential focuses on the use of analysis software to determine the stress lines for a given load-case or combination of load cases and the possible design responses to this information.

Participants will design reinforcement patterns that will be robotically 3D-printed onto planar elements in order to test the structural performance of the composite element. This process will be repeated throughout the microcredential to generate a field of design outcomes and first principles understanding of the concepts explored.

Key benefits of this microcredential

This microcredential has been designed to equip participants with:

Knowledge and expertise in innovative and emerging digital tools
Relevant skills in the application of these tools within the design field, allowing for their use in various parts of industry-based projects.

This microcredential aligns with the 3 credit point subject, Robotic 3D Printing for Architectural and Structural Performance (80118), in the Master of Technology. This microcredential may qualify for recognition of prior learning at this and other institutions.

Who should do this microcredential?

This microcredential is suitable for professionals and academics who wish to advance their knowledge of computational design methods, robotic fabrication systems and/or their potential impacts on the discipline and practice of architecture. Architects, engineers, industrial designers, computer scientists, roboticists and fabricators are all appropriate and very welcome participants.

Course learning objectives

By the end of this course, you will understand:

The fundamentals of state-of-the-art of structural analysis and large scale 3D printing in architecture
How to use structural analysis and parametric design processes implemented in Python and Grasshopper 3D
The key considerations when deploying large-scale 3D printing
The workflows for 1:1 prototyping via robotic bending
How to use photogrammetry to produce 3D models
How to make structurally-informed design decisions.

Study options

Online/Distance with attendance (16 days)

Tuition fees
Full price: AUD $2,500 (GST-free); Special price - AUD $1,500 (GST-free) - to help you build future-focused skills during COVID-19, this course is currently offered at a reduced rate of AUD $1,500 (full price AUD $2,500)

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

To be confirmed


University of Technology Sydney - UTS

UTS Campus,

15 Broadway,


New South Wales,

2007, SYDNEY, Australia

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About University of Technology Sydney - UTS

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