Digital Sculpture: 3-D printing & CNC cutting – S0505

December 11, 2014

Posted In: Sculpture

Norwood Viviano

DATES: June 29 – July 3, 2015


CONCEPT: In this fast-paced workshop, we explore 3-D computer modeling and its potential within a sculpture practice. Students are introduced to Rhino software to create sculptural elements via 3-D printing and CNC machining. We discuss methods of combining new 3-D digital technology with a variety of sculptural techniques while exploring some of the most readily available CAD software packages and 3-D printing technologies available. Norwood leads examinations of various concepts, including hybrids, inventions and numerous strategies for digital fabrication.

MEDIA & TECHNIQUES: Students use Rhino software, 3-D printing and CNC machining; MakerBot additively prints parts in plastic and CNC subtractively carves parts in wood, and/or foam; thin plywood, Sintra plastic, acrylic and soft woods. Students are encouraged to bring laptops with current design software.

ACTIVITIES: We learn through demonstrations, presentations and individual and group discussions to further the development of concepts and facilitate a better understanding of new technology and processes. The week is spent investigating CAD software, 3-D printing and CNC machining, culminating in a group discussion

FACULTY: Norwood Viviano heads the sculpture program at Grand Valley State University, MI, where he teaches courses in 3-D printing and foundry. He received his M.F.A. in sculpture from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Recently, he was awarded residencies at Kohler CO., Tacoma Museum of Glass and the Corning Museum of Glass.

Tuition: $875 OR Tuition + Studio Support Donation: $1075
Studio Fee: $95

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