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 MK3S 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 Arts Center. Preferred Pronouns: She/Her

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Upcoming Workshops

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    Open to All

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

Jun 6 - 10, 2022
9AM-5PM

Carving Techniques: Digital and Analog

Emma Senft

Tuition $995
Code W0101-22

Learn the process of designing, fabricating and hand-carving a sculptural wooden panel. Students use the Computer Numerical Control (CNC) router to cut initial shapes and planes into the wood, then complete the form and detail the surface with rotary tools and carving chisels. Demonstrations include digital-file preparation, the basics of milling rough lumber and laminating larger solid wood boards for carving. Students explore the juxtaposition of digital and analog methodologies and think about how a practice can balance screen time and automated tools with haptic processes.

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    Open to All

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

Jun 13 - 17, 2022
9AM-5PM

Object as Atlas

Mark Tan, Leah Aegerter

Tuition $995
Code W0203-22

The archives are where memories are stored and history is made, but how does one redefine the archive? This workshop investigates the major shift of archiving through analog and digital processes. Drawing from memory, personal narratives, emotions and perceptions are used to manipulate ideas and data into new objects and map a new history. Using both traditional woodworking processes and innovative digital fabrication techniques, students reconstruct and deconstruct archives transforming them into objects of origin with a meaning, purpose and fragmented identity.

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    Open to All

    Students of any skill and knowledge level.

  • Ages 13 - 17

Jun 20 - 24, 2022
9AM-3PM

Clay 3-D Printing for Teens

Leah Aegerter

Tuition $595
Code C0305-22

This workshop is an exploration in ceramics and digital fabrication using 3-D printing of clay vessels. Students design and prepare files in 3-D modeling softwares PotterDraw and Rhino, and learn to output their files to the 3-D Potterbots. In addition to software, demonstrations cover machine operation and basic hand-building techniques to combine forms. Students create a portfolio of glazed, functional 3-D-printed vessels.

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