Intro to Digital Fabrication: CNC Router (ITD110-05)


Intro to Digital Fabrication: CNC Router (ITD110-05)


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This class is a Core Class and used in lieu of the Department STUC for Studio Access during the term

Class Meets: see Section Options
Start Date: see Section Options
Duration: 5 weeks
Location: CIADC, 1st Floor
Instructor: Michael Pantelios
Skill Level: All Levels
Prerequisite: None
Ages: 18+ (16-17 w/ signed Liability Waiver Form by parent/guardian)

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Learn the advantages with CNC routers for sculptural, functional, and decorative object making. Explore the CAD/CAM workflow specifically for CNC routing, and gain an understanding of the applications with this digital fabrication process.

Students will learn the fundamentals to digitally model objects (CAD), convert these models to machine language (CAM), and send the files to the CNC router for physical output. New students will learn through assigned projects, both relief and simple 3D. Returning students may immediately start on independent projects for the CNC router with instructor guidance, delving deeper into the CAD/CAM workflow. Group demonstrations, class discussions, and one-on-one attention are used throughout the course to assist each student with their creative digital fabrication goals.

Software introduced: V-Carve Pro (CAD and CAM) and Meshmixer (CAD); there will also be discussion of outside design software and file types that could be imported into the CAM software for 2D, 2.5D, and 3D digital fabrication.

Please note: No experience required. Attendance in the first class is mandatory. New students will work on CIADC PC-based workstations. Everyone must bring a USB Flash drive (8MB or greater) to class each week, or purchase one from CIADC. Project material fees not included. Open Studio Access and Advanced Studio Access times available for additional fee. Natural fiber clothing, long pants, and closed-toe shoes are required while working at CIADC. Complete information given during class #1.