Getting Creative with the CNC Router – W1320

December 11, 2014

Posted In: CNC Router and Digital Fabrication

Lucien Casartelli

DATES: August 24 – 28, 2015


CONCEPT: The CNC (computer numerically controlled) router is known for precision and accuracy in mass produced designs. But for the creative designer and maker, it is also a powerful tool for realizing more intimate forms of self-expression. This hands-on workshop aims to demystify the CNC process and explore its artistic potential. Students are introduced to multi-axis milling for furniture and sculpture.

MEDIA & TECHNIQUES: Students use wood parts and computer workstations: MasterCam and Aspire software. A limited number of stations with Rhino software will be available for use – bring a laptop with Rhino Software if you have one. Advanced CAD skills welcome, but not required. Computer skills are necessary.

ACTIVITIES: We start with an overview of CAD technology, basic wood-milling operations and parts preparation. We develop and practice the skills to use the three-axis CNC router in a more creative way. We set up and complete CAD, CAM and CNC operations using the router. We explore one- and two-sided machining operations. Discussions, slide lectures, demonstrations and hands-on instruction occur at every stage. We provide feedback in individual and group settings.

FACULTY: Lucien Casartelli studied woodworking and furniture design at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He is the owner of Bella Design, a cutting-edge furniture and sculpture studio that utilizes state-of-the-art technology including computer-controlled spray booths and the five-axis and three-axis robotic CNC machines.

Tuition: $775 OR Tuition + Studio Support Donation: $975
Studio Fee: $95

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