Digital Fabrication

Discover the exciting, cutting-edge tools available in our FabLab— Anderson Ranch’s impressive digital fabrication lab. These workshops provide powerful tools for self-expression in the hands of creative faculty, and present dynamic opportunities to merge the newest visual arts technologies with traditional processes.

A variety of workshops use the digital fabrication technology in the FabLab and throughout multiple studios on the Ranch campus. Explore the possibilities with our state-of-the-art equipment, including 4-axis CNC (computer-numerically-controlled) routers, Formlabs SLA Resin 3-D Printers, Prusa and Monoprice FDM 3-D printers, Epilog laser cutters, 3-D scanners, a Roland UV printer and vinyl cutter, and vacuum formers. Digital fabrication equipment is powered by Rhinoceros 3D, Adobe Creative Cloud, Autodesk Fusion 360 and Meshmixer, a variety of 3-D printing slicing softwares, and more.

Our expert faculty help you to master progressive new skill sets and exciting new ways of creating.

Leah Aegerter

Studio Coordinator, Digital Fabrication

Leah Aegerter is an artist working in object-based sculpture, furniture, and installation. She received a BFA in Sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2017 and is the Studio Coordinator for Digital Fabrication at Anderson Ranch.

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Anderson Ranch Campus

Upcoming Workshops

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    Open to All

    Students of any skill and knowledge level, but have some computer skills.

  • Innovation Studio

    Virtual Workshop, learn from the comfort of your own home.

Nov 1 - 12, 2021
3PM - 5PM M,W,F

VIRTUAL WORKSHOP: Rhino 101

Leah Aegerter

Tuition $595
Code S44W01-21

This intense and technical course dives deep into 3D modeling in Rhino. The goal is to learn and practice effective workflows and modeling habits, starting with basic drawing techniques and ending in complex surfaces. Students learn to design models suitable for output to various digital fabrication tools such as the 3D printer, laser cutter, and CNC router. Students are given design challenges and also encouraged to pursue their own projects.

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  • O

    Open to All

    Students of any skill and knowledge level, but have some computer skills.

  • Innovation Studio

    Virtual Workshop, learn from the comfort of your own home.

Nov 30 - Dec 9, 2021
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3PM - 5PM

VIRTUAL WORKSHOP: Introduction to Projection Mapping

Ryan Rasmussen

Tuition $595
Code S48W02-21

In this course we explore how projected image can be mapped to a variety of surfaces and materials to embellish, enhance, enliven, and/or activate them. Each student explores how projection mapping may be used as a way of creating active and time-based surfaces in their works. Demonstrations cover the three main aspects of this process: digital video and image manipulation, creating a 3D volume out of materials such as foamcore, cardboard, and fabric, and mapping digital media to constructed forms via computer and projector. All students should have access to a cheap projector for the duration of the workshop.

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  • O

    Open to All

    Students of any skill and knowledge level.

Jan 3 - 21, 2022
9AM – 5PM

Mixed Media Collage

Leslie Shows

Tuition $1,950
Code JANSTU2022D

Join this exciting January intensive workshop to merge photography, painting, collage and digital fabrication technologies. We explore contemporary examples of layered mixed media work and delve into formal as well as technical approaches for combining diverse imagery to create a unique visual language. The class combines structured projects with individually-directed works, one-on-one critiques with the instructor, and group feedback. In addition to working in analog collage and painting processes, students use vector drawings and digital images to create shapes, stencils and image transfers with CNC, laser cutting and digital printing on various substrates. The workshop takes place in the wood loft and makes use of the photography/new media labs as well as the FabLab so that students can explore many possibilities for making dynamic and multilayered imagery. The instructor will be present from 9AM - 12PM each day and students will work independently in the afternoons. Students will have additional access to the Digital Fabrication and Photography & New Media studios during monitor hours on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7-9PM.

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