Product Development from start to finish

What will you learn?

The course is designed to provide participants with the following knowledge and skills by taking part in a variety of projects in which parametric design is innovatively applied:
  • The use of parametric design to realize innovative, market-oriented products, involving a wide variety of disciplines, including architecture, interior design and smart textiles.
  • Dealing with the challenges of applying parametric design to the task of manufacturing products, while taking into account material-related or production-related requirements that arise during the fabrication process.
  • Learning how to machine a wide range of materials.
  • Manufacturing with robotics, 5 axis CNC milling machines, high performance laser cutter, embroidering machine and more.
The course is aimed at preparing participants for the parametric design and manufacturing job market (e.g. project management, computational design, engineering, consulting) by providing them with the required interdisciplinary skills.


48 Days of hands-on learning in Berlin and Eberswalde
  • Dates: July – August 2020
  • Language: English
  • Number of participants: 12
Course PDF 2019
  • 1.
    Introduction to Robotic Control
    - 5 days
    Applied Material: Plywood
  • 2.
    Excursion to Raumprobe and ICD
    - 1 day
  • 3.
    Robotic Fabrication of a Parametric Table “Funghi” - 7 daysApplied Material: Corian
  • 4.
    Robotic Based Handling and Fabrication of a Timber-Shell Pavilion
    - 7 daysApplied Material: Solid Wood
  • 5.
    Mobile Acoustic Walls - 7 daysApplied Material: Plywood and PE Foam
  • 6.
    Coding with C# - 5 daysApplied Material: Metal
  • 7.
    Excursion to STFI: Smart Textiles
    - 1 dayApplied Material: Textile
  • 8.
    Case Study: Design and Fabrication of an Origami Pavilion - 15 daysApplied material: Plywood and Textile


For those who will need a visa, we provide a course participation document, which can be presented to German embassies and consulates for this purpose.

Travel Expenses

Travel expenses* related to excursions contained in the course plan (i.e. to Stuttgart and Chemnitz) will be covered.* Excludes overnight accommodation expenses

Who is this course for?

  • Young professionals interested in pursuing parametric design and fabrication as a career prospect.
  • Architects, industrial designers, engineers, programmers and similar professionals interested in exploring technology, innovation and sustainability options.
  • Former participants of the Controlmad Summer Workshop for Design & Parametric Fabrication or similar courses.
  • Advanced knowledge of Grasshopper is required.

Does this sound like you?

Meet our tutors:

  • Tassilo Goldmann

    Wood Engineer

    In 2019, Tassilo completed an MSc in wood engineering at HNEE, where he is currently working as a research associate. Fascinated by parametric design, he has specialized in 3D modelling and digital fabrication. As a Paramateria tutor, his responsibilities cover computer numeric fabrication and timber processing.
  • Tim Peters

    Wood Engineer

    After studying carpentry and working as a traditional joiner, Tim studied wood engineering at the Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development (HNEE). He is currently pursuing a master's degree and works as a research associate at HNEE. Tim specialises in digital fabrication for industrial design products using CNC machines, robots, 3D-Printer and laser cutters.
  • Simon Lullin

    Robotics Technician

    Simon graduated from the Berner Fachhochschule BFH in Biel, Switzerland. After acquiring experience working in Berlin as a technician in robotics and head of R&D for Artis GmbH and FabLab Berlin, he is now based in Switzerland and works as a Freelancer all across Europe, implementing new robotic cells and teaching professionals about new technologies and programming techniques.
  • Ryan Hughes

    Architect and Researcher

    Ryan is a computational designer with an interest in the use of robotic fabri-cation in construction, particularly the design for manufacturing and assembly (DfMA) of lightweight and timber structures. After establishing the Architectural Robotics and Computation Lab as well as the High-Performance Architecture group at C.F. Møller Architects, he recently began his PhD in collaboration with the Computational Design (Code) group at Zaha Hadid Architects and Odico Construction Robotics.
  • Mateusz Zwierzycki

    Architect and Programmer

    Mateusz is an architect, designer, researcher and is the co-author of the Projektowanie Parametryczne, the first Polish website for parametric tools in architectural design. Author of the Owl, Starling, Squid, Anemone and Mesh Tools plug-ins and many more. He is also the founder of the Object consultancy, Milkbox group, workshop tutor, teacher, and parametric design popularizer. Mateusz is currently a research assistant to the Digital Design Methods Chair at BTU Cottbus.
  • Jasper Precht

    Product Designer

    Jasper has studied product and interface design at the Potsdam University of Applied Sciences. Fascinated by iterative design approaches, mostly known from human computer interaction, he applies these methods to develop physical products that are adaptive and parametric. Since 2018 he has worked as a freelancer in parametric design and as a visual artist. Ergonomics and human-centered design are his main topics during the Parametria course.

Expand your future career prospects into the field of innovative parametric manufacturing

You can find further information in the following PDF