Digital to Physical – P0308-17

Date: Jun 19 - 23, 2017

Skill Level(s): II to III i

Instructor(s): Jordan C. Parsons

Tuition: $975
Studio Fee: $100
Registration Fee: $45


Transform your ideas from the digital to the physical world in an engaging workshop that leverages the parametric design tool, Grasshopper. Parametric design and digital fabrication represent the blending of the digital and physical, and offer extraordinary new avenues in design and new media. Students use 3-D printing, laser cutting and CNC milling to rapidly craft and manifest their designs. Emphasis is on learning and experimentation as students learn Grasshopper, and bring their ideas to life with the newest innovations in technology.

Media & Techniques:

Students participate in lessons on basic CAD drawing, modeling and form finding in Rhino3D. We also explore parametric design, pattern making and advanced form finding in Grasshopper; basic algorithmic design with python; and cutting, printing and milling with digital fabrication tools in plastic, wood and foam.


This class is very hands-on. We will have brief introductory lectures on digital fabrication, parametric design, programming and fabrication. Then students participate in participatory workshops to learn and experiment, mixed with one-on-one work time.


Jordan C. Parsons is a technologist whose work attempts to bridge software and hardware. He is always learning and exploring the space between the digital and physical worlds. Jordan is currently the Lead Developer at Iontank where he works on interactive installations and artworks across a variety of media.

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