2018-19 TLTM Award Winners:
Barbara Coleman, William Sutton, Judith Gardner

College

Regis College

Grant

3D Print and Digital Fabrication Design Class

Summary

The Fine Arts department proposes to offer a class in 3D printing and design for digital fabrication. The use of CNC (Computer Numerically Controlled) technologies is changing the face of many industries and offers new possibilities for artists to create forms and work in materials that have never been possible before. Although the class will focus primarily on the use of an FDM (Fused Deposition Material) 3D printer, the parameters of other digital fabrication technologies will also be discussed. The differences in preparation of files and modeling strategies for other techniques, such as laser cutting and CNC machining, will also be covered.

A syllabus has already been developed and qualified faculty member with 20 years of experience in 3D modeling and 5 years experience with digital fabrication is prepared to take over the class. A few examples of art work incorporating 3D print and other digital fabrication techniques can be viewed at the Judy Gardner Printmaking, Mixed Media, 3D Printing website.

The hardware expense will be a Lulzbot TAZ 6 3D printer to be situated in the Digital Print Lab in the O'Sullivan building, which will be available to students in the class. Free, open source software is available that fully meets the requirements of the class, so there is no software expense.

Offering a class of this nature will put Regis' Fine Art department on the cutting edge of new trends in the art world.

Technology Purchased

LulzBOT TAZ 6 3D printer