Join us in this week-long workshop as we explore the fundamental applications of the Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) router. Students learn the process of drawing and preparing digital models in Rhino3D and outputting them on a CNC with the use of computer-aided machining software or CAM. Students complete short exercises throughout the week as they learn to adapt the process to their personal studio practices. Although we use wood as our primary material in the exercises, this course is open to artists and craftspeople in all disciplines.
Media & Techniques:
Students learn Rhino3D modeling software to design 2-D and 3-D models for output on the CNC. Each student learns the process of generating a tool path with CAM software and to run their tool path on our CNC machine. Other course content is tailored to address individual project ideas and goals.
Demonstrations and one-on-one assistance are given in conjunction with morning and afternoon exercises in using the CNC and a variety of software. We explore the basics of the software programs, however each student is required to have a basic understanding of how to use computers.
Fabiano Sarra is a furniture designer and maker from Rochester, N.Y. He was a past Studio Coordinator for Furniture Design and Woodworking at Anderson Ranch and is currently working toward his M.F.A. in furniture design at Rochester Institute of Technology.