2-D to 3-D: laser cutting – W0509-18

Date: Jul 02 - 06, 2018

Skill Level(s): open to all i

Instructor(s): Carter Hopkins

Tuition: $825
Studio Fee: $100
Registration Fee: $45


Discover the two- and three-dimensional design fundamentals of laser cutting in this fun and intriguing workshop. Put your at surfaces to work and learn the basics of drawing and cutting two-dimensional planes to make three-dimensional objects. Each student designs a project to be cut and assembled by the laser cutter. Focusing on at sheet materials like plywood, medium-density fiberboard (MDF) and plexiglass, we explore the ability to design and assemble multi-piece structures.

Media & Techniques:

We begin day one with hand drawings and sketches. We then discuss potential projects and assemblages, and digitally draw parts to be cut on the laser cutter. Knowledge of CAD or Illustrator software is not required, but experienced users are welcome.


Demonstrations, discussions and instruction are given each morning and afternoon. Students are then immediately introduced to the workable materials to provide insight for potential projects and assemblages. Throughout the week, we discuss design intentions, and provide feedback in both individual and group settings.


Carter Hopkins is an educator and artist from Rochester, N.Y. He received his M.F.A. in furniture design from the School for American Crafts – RIT. With a background in fine art as well as woodworking, he utilizes his process of drawing and painting to inspire and create pieces of furniture. Carter is the Fab Lab Coordinator at Anderson Ranch.


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