Processing + CNC: creative code to wood panel – P0306-19

Date: Jun 17 - 21, 2019

Skill Level(s): III to IV i

Instructor(s): Benjamin Fox

Tuition: $1,155
Studio Fee: $100
Registration Fee: $45

Basic understanding of Processing required.


Dive into the possibilities of the computer’s extraordinary feats in our digital age. This workshop is ideal for students looking to expand their control animations and processing skills as well as those wanting to use creative coding exported to a CNC (Computer Numerical Controlled) routing machine. Participants work with Sublime Text 3 to edit code and HYPE Framework. Throughout the week, efficient production techniques are explored.


Students use Sublime Text 3, a sophisticated text editor for code, markup and prose. Workshop participants also use HYPE Framework, a collection of classes that perform heavy lifting tasks while using a minimal amount of code writing.


The faculty presents multiple methods to speed up production while students participate in hands-on exercises and receive extensive one-on-one help. The final project is a vector-based composition that is sent to a CNC routing machine and etched onto an 11.0 x 14.0-inch wood panel.


Benjamin Fox is a seasoned developer and creative coder with 20 years experience in the web & new media industry. He operates as a full time freelance creative developer, and is the former Head of Technology of Chroma, a leading London sports data/marketing agency.

Ben has been working with Joshua Davis over the past 5 years on a regular basis and is a leading contributor to the open source Hype Framework for Processing. He created and released one of the first Processing implementations to generate 360 degree panoramic video frames.

He has contributed Processing sketches to a variety of art exhibitions and institutions that include data visualizations and generative patterns for Keiichi Matsuda’s PRISM project (exhibited at the V&A Museum, London), and a generative graphics system to Rhizome that was used to create graphics for their membership program.

His client work includes a multitude of projects for brands and agencies that include Capcom, Xbox, BMW & the Shanghai Marathon, E! Entertainment, AccuWeather & Westfield Malls, Wieden + Kennedy, and Tool of North America.

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