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-
Our expert faculty help you to master progressive new skill sets and exciting new ways of creating.
Studio Coordinator, Digital Fabrication
Leah Aegerter is an artist working primarily in object-based sculpture, furniture, and installation. She received a BFA in Sculpture from Rhode Island School of Design in 2017 and is the Studio Coordinator of Digital Fabrication at Anderson Ranch.
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Students have experience working with computer-aided design with basic principles of CAM/software.
Students have some formal training in digital fabrication, experience with a variety of materials and fabrication processes, and know how to use CNC, 3-D printers, or laser cutters competently and safely. Students have a portfolio of their work.
Jun 7 - 11, 2021
Lighting Design with the CNC
In this workshop, students learn to use the CNC (computer numerically controlled) Router and Rhino 3D CAD (computer-aided design) software with the objective of producing a small lighting fixture or stand-alone illuminated object. Participants learn how to design for the CNC Router as well as how to integrate some traditional methods alongside digital fabrication techniques. An emphasis is placed on translating three-dimensional objects into two-dimensional toolpaths.
Open to All
Students of any skill and knowledge level, but have some computer skills.
Jun 14 - 18, 2021
Stack-laminated CNC Furniture
Delve into the world of CNC (computer numerically controlled) furniture in this introductory fabrication workshop. Technology has propelled contemporary design in countless unexpected ways throughout history; in considering the modernization of traditional furniture design across cultures, participants are encouraged to explore their unique artistic voice as they design a small piece of stack-laminated furniture on paper and then translate it into Rhinoceros 3D through basic CAD (computer-aided design) drawing techniques. Laser cutters are used to iterate scale models, and final projects are cut as 2D patterns on the CNC routers and then assembled and finished by hand.
Ages 13 - 17
Jun 21 - 25, 2021
Form, Function & the CNC
This fun and technically challenging course for teens expands digital fabrication skills using the CNC. Students gain traction in Rhinoceros 3D modeling software and basic woodworking techniques in order to mill objects of their own design on a three-axis CNC router. Workflows cover toolpathing and g-code generation, material set up, machine operation and wood finishing. In completing projects that are both sculptural and functional, students explore the benefits of the CNC across disciplines and learn to use it as a step in the process of art making.