UCLA Design | Media Arts

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CNC Routing

Guide to CNC bits
Instructables class on CNC

Curved Surfaces References

curved surfaces project lecture PDF
The Difference between Polygons and Nurbs
cosplay patterning foam instructable
Soft foam puppets
Tested: Adam Savage foam construction (GO TO 18:00 - 25:00)
List of Globe Projections
Free pattern downloads
Paper craft 3D Unfortunately windows only

WEEK 0 / 1


Excerpts from Woodworkers Visual Hand book:

Maya Lin, Making the Memorial


Lynda download for UCLA students
Illustrator (adobe)
Maya (autodesk) - free for students
SLICER for Fusion 360 (autodesk) - free
Fusion 360 (autodesk) - free for students
Photoshop (adobe)
Blender - free
Rhinoceros - NOT FREE, pc only
Pepakura - free (3D models to paper models, PC only)


Tinkercad - fundamentals of CAD, browser-based design environment
MakerCase - Laser cutter box patterns
Gear Generator - Generate gears!
Turbosquid - 3D models, great for animation (please don't rely on this for all your models, you will actually be making more work for yourself!)
Thingiverse - 3D models, best for 3D printing (again, don't rely on this - but great for tested experiments)
Instructables - Laser cutting flexible curves
DMA Laser Cutter Service
Preparing a File for the Laser Cutter

Useful Illustrator lessons on Lynda:
Drawing Basic Shapes
Drawing with the Line Tool
Image Tracing can convert a raster image -- for instance try a scanned handmade drawing or photograph -- into traced vector image
Selction / Direct Selection Tools
Illustrator CC 2017 Essential Training



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