in all second/third year design studios we do expect YOU to explore the relationship between design and technology, it is not a given relationship! in regards to the relationship of the digital fabrication workshop you have been undertaking last weekend (and which continues friday) it can mean two different approaches: 1_either you consider digital fabrication technology as the way to develop your design proposal, in that case it becomes a driving force and the question is what you will be developing / proposing as a design project. 2_or you develop your design approach first of all conceptionally and than consider what might be the right / best technology to work with in order to develop or implement your design (in that case you might or might not be using digital fabrication technologies).
NEVERTHELESS i expect that you use and demonstrate your newly learned skills for YOUR mid-semester presentations in one way or the other: either for the free market trading (informal) on tuesday in week 6, or the more formal outline (outlining what will be your project) (formal) in week 7!!!!