Discover 3–D printing as a step in the process of art making in this exploratory workshop. Students are introduced to the Computer-Aided Design software Rhinoceros 3–D, in which they create models to 3–D print using the latest Stereolithography (SLA) printing technology. Students end the class with tangible objects, parts, or models relevant to their artistic practice.
Instruction focuses on Rhinoceros 3–D and PreForm software for the Form2 SLA printers. The Form2 uses laser technology to cure solid parts from a liquid photopolymer resin, providing students with extreme precision and high-quality finishes. Students learn to model printable objects that make efficient use of these machines. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop computer.
Demonstrations and instruction are given in Rhinoceros 3–D every morning and afternoon, and students participate in discussions about the role of 3–D printing and digital technologies in art making. Students are immediately introduced to materials and SLA process to provide insight into modeling for 3–D printed objects. Discussions and meetings about individual projects and intentions are also included.