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Mold-Making and Multiples

ARTDES 216.001, Fall 2024


Credit Hours: 3
Semester: Fall 2024

Prerequisites: All OF THE FOLLOWING: ARTDES 120: Studio: 3D.

Description: This studio course focuses on the creation of physical prototypes and their role in solving a variety of problems. Students develop and refine skills and techniques in the fabrication of 3D design models for presentation. This course emphasizes hand skills, safe process, and accuracy. Instruction includes shop safety, selection of materials, tool use, thermoforming plastics, silicone mold making, urethane reproductions, detailing and finishing. Coursework develops the skills necessary to make multiples of plastic parts using thermoforming and soft tooling. Students have the opportunity to synthesize what they have learned into a cohesive project, presented as a finished appearance model. The course teaches knowledge for practices that make accurate, complex, physical objects, such as model maker, product designer, prop maker, sculptor, prosthetic builder, or roboticist.

Frequency: This course is typically offered in the fall term of even-numbered years, though scheduling may vary according to future term circumstances.