This workshop explores the role of CNC (Computer Numerical Control) technology in the context of traditional sand-casting in bronze and aluminum. Students discuss how technology is used by artists to maintain a human element in their final work. This is achieved through the incorporation of analog and digital methods during the process of making.
This workshop includes an introduction to Fusion 360 for CNC processes, including three-dimensional printing to create patterns for resin-bonded sand molds. Students work with the sand-casting process to create molds and objects cast in aluminum and bronze. An overview of patina is also presented by David Kimball Anderson.
There are technical demonstrations on sand-cast mold-core creation, patina work and chasing. Students also participate in discussions regarding the applicability and implications of integrating digital technology into traditional modes of making. Additionally, individual discussions, meetings and presentations are included in the workshop.
Jake Weigel is Assistant Professor of Sculpture at California State University, Stanislaus. As a multidisciplinary artist, he focuses on object-making and installation methods. Jake combines traditional media and processes with new technology. He has received numerous grants to research technology in the classroom and exhibits throughout the United States.
David Kimball Anderson is a practicing studio artist based in Santa Cruz, CA. After attending the San Francisco Art Institute,1966Ð1971, he attended the Merritt College Vocational Welding program in Oakland, CA. He exhibits nationally and internationally. David has received three individual National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, a Pollack-Krasner Foundation Grant and his work is included in numerous public collections.