2250A (Fabrication Lab)
Broad Art Center
Fabrication lab classes occur Tues/Thurs mornings and afternoons
M/W 12-2 and by appointment
This project-based class is a studio / lab that explores foundational concepts and techniques behind the creation of new 3D forms, making use of both digital and physical fabrication tools. Through a formal language provided to us via digital modeling, design, and fabrication tools, we will translate physical materials and ideas into 3D objects. The concepts we will explore as a group include physical and sensorial properties such as scale, weight, materiality, and connectivity, as well as function, transformation, translation, and interactivity. In this introduction to polygonal mesh, solid, and surface geometries and construction techniques we will cover additive and subtractive processes, joinery techniques, pattern-making from surfaces, rapid prototyping techniques, and general use of shop machines and tools big and small. This includes the use of lab equipment such as the laser cutter, the CNC-Router, 3D printer, sewing machines, and saws and power tools, as well as a basic introduction to foundational wood, foam, and fabric construction techniques. Our experimentations will prompt us to consider relationships between objects, between objects and bodies, between bodies and technology, between technology and form, between form and language, and between computer code and visual design. Based on your own experiences, aesthetic and design sensibilities, interests, and research, you will also use this course to explore your own set of more personal and political themes, concepts, and your own personal aesthetic language, as you begin to create your own definition of form.