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Workshop for Digital Model Making

Zwei Studierende vor einer Reihe von 3D-Druckern

The digital modelling workshops provide students with state-of-the-art technical facilities for building models and prototypes. From 3D scanning and computer-aided design to 3D printing and CNC milling.


The equipment available in the workshops of the Design department at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam allows students and researchers to gain practical experience with various digital processes and to gain initial experience in working with these technologies. The direct contact allows experimental work for the further development of product processes and design strategies.

Studierender an der Wiesner CNC Fräse
© Bernd Hiepe

CNC milling

The 3-axis CNC milling machine and the 5-axis high-speed CNC milling machine produce three-dimensional models from modelling foam or wood-based materials. The milling paths are calculated in computer software.

Successful participation in the introductory course "CNC Milling Technology - Introduction/Basics (CAM)" is a prerequisite for students to use the 3-axis CNC milling machine.

Studierende am Bigrep Drucker
© Bernd Hiepe

3D printing

3D printers build models layer by layer, usually from plastic. A three-dimensional model is created by adding many layers. Several fused filament fabrication 3D printers are available in the 3D-PrintLab. A Big MSLA Printer and a large Fused Filament Fabrication 3D printer are available in the Digital Modelling Lab. With a build space of 1.2 square metres, additive manufacturing with the large series fused filament fabrication 3D printer (FFF) enables the innovative production of design models, prototypes and products in the digital age. A powder printer (LW232) and a vacuum casting system are also available. With the help of the vacuum casting process, small series can be produced by moulding master models.

Successful participation in the 3D printing introduction is a prerequisite for independent use of the 3D printers by the students.



  • LW/144 (Sebastian Reichel)
  • LW/017
  • LW/021
  • LW/027
  • LW/141


  • Surface modelling and visualisation with Rhinoceros
  • Milling path calculation CAM with Fusion360

  • 3D scan data processing with Artec Studio


  • 5-axis HSC CNC milling machine (Wissner 1208)

  • 3-axis CNC milling machine (ISEL-EuroMod45)

  • 3D printer (Prusa Filament & Peopoly Phenom L / MSLA)

  • Vacuum moulding machine (MCP-HEK)

  • Artec Eva 3D scanner


  • CAD Rhino
    14W-DM-S Digital modelling workshops (60h)
  • CNC Milling Technology – Introduction/Basics (CAM/ISEL)
    14W-DM-S Digital modelling workshops (60h)


Project and course-related use as well as use by arrangement.