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Fab 3: Bits and Atoms

ARTDES 217 .1


Credit Hours: 3
Course Fee: 200
Instructor(s): Brueckner, Sophia
Schedule: MonWed 2:00p-4:15p
Modality: In-person


Fall 2021

This course is an intro­duc­tion to dig­i­tal fab­ri­ca­tion within the con­text of art and design. Rapid pro­to­typ­ing tech­nolo­gies are explod­ing in pop­u­lar­ity, and this course aims to bal­ance breadth with depth. Stu­dents learn about the numer­ous types of soft­ware and tools avail­able in gen­eral and develop pro­fi­ciency with the spe­cific soft­ware and tools at Stamps. In addi­tion to learn­ing tech­ni­cal skills, stu­dents dis­cuss the cur­rent and poten­tial role of dig­i­tal fab­ri­ca­tion in cre­ative fields and par­tic­i­pate in reg­u­lar cri­tiques. To model their ideas, stu­dents receive an overview of com­puter-aided design (CAD) soft­ware and then focus on Rhino and Fusion 360. To exe­cute their ideas, stu­dents learn about the many dig­i­tal fab­ri­ca­tion tech­nolo­gies avail­able and design and build their own projects using Stamps’ laser cut­ters, vinyl cut­ters, 3D print­ers, and CNC mills/​routers, cul­mi­nat­ing in a final project of their choice that inte­grates these processes. FRE­QUENCY OF OFFER­ING: This course is typ­i­cally offered in every fall term as well as in the win­ter term of odd-num­bered years, though sched­ul­ing may vary accord­ing to future term circumstances.
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