FabLab: digital surface design – W1324-18

Date: Aug 27 - 31, 2018

Skill Level(s): I to II i

Instructor(s): Carter Hopkins

Tuition: $875
Studio Fee: $100
Registration Fee: $45


Push the boundaries of digital surface design in the Anderson Ranch digital fabrication lab, and discover an array of wooden design surfaces. We investigate generating three-dimensional forms and volumes, and utilize the laser cutter and the Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) router. Each student draws, designs and cuts components to generate a form of interest. We then bring these forms and surfaces to life by using materials such as solid wood, bendable plywood and a variety of fasteners. Each student uses software to draw components digitally prior to cutting.

Media & Techniques:

Students begin with hand drawings and sketches on day one. As we discuss potential forms and surfaces, we digitally draw parts to be cut on the laser cutter or the CNC router. Students should have a working knowledge of CAD or Illustrator software, but assistance is provided as needed.


Demonstrations, discussions and instruction are given each morning and afternoon. Students are immediately introduced to the workable materials to provide insight for potential volumes and forms. We continuously 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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