Foundations of 3D Printing and Intro to 3D Modeling
Learn the core skill for creation in the 21st century with one of the most experienced designer/modelers in the business. Get up-and-running with basic skills and receive expert consultation on what tools and techniques to focus on for your area of interest, whether in jewelry, sculpture, scale models, or product design. With curriculum that has been evolving over two years, this is the most mature 3D printing class available, taught by an instructor with 15 years of design and manufacturing experience.
This is an extended, five-hour session (with breaks) that includes additional modeling exercises using polygons, subdivision, sculpting, and solids.
Part 1: Foundations of 3D printing. Learn about the processes used in 3D printing, and get hands-on experience with all the various materials. Learn the ways that objects are represented digitally, and how those representations are turned into real objects. You'll learn the most essential characteristics that make a model successful and about some of the issues you might encounter. If you have existing design experience in any medium, you will find it surprisingly easy to transfer those skills to this new technology. For those just getting started, there are many easy-to-learn tools to help you get immediate, satisfying results. I'll tell you all about them.
Part 2: 3D Graphics and Modeling. Having learned about how objects are represented digitally and made with 3D printing, we'll focus more in this session on the specific tools and techniques are best matched to what you want to make, and provide sample files for you to experiment with. Here we'll be introduced you to different types of modeling through a variety of building exercises. After trying various free tools, we'll look at the premium software you should look into as your skills and needs advance. Software covered inthis course includes: SketchUp, 123D Design, Maya, 3DSMax and other Autodesk professional products, Sculptris, Wings3D, Netfabb basic , Meshlab, Blender 3D. In this session we'll also discuss hosting, sharing, selling and shipping of printed designs.
Students should bring their own laptops. Registrants will be emailed a list of free downloadable software.