Moving Objects:

Simple Automata and Mechanical Toys

Session 1 VLC-2713-A

Sun., September 22–October 27

Hours: 9:00 am–12:00 noon

6 sessions; 1.5 CEUs

$220; lab fee $120


Session 2 VLC-2713-B

Sun., November 3–December 15

Hours: 9:00 am–12:00 noon

6 sessions; 1.5 CEUs

$220; lab fee $120

Moving parts can add an important dimension to fine arts, design projects, puppets, toys, and more. How basic mechanical concepts can be used to create objects that move will be the focus of this course. We will look at the ways that artists and craftspeople have incorporated movement into their work, and students will experiment with simple mechanisms (cams, gears, ratchets) to plan and build movable sculpture. Experimentation with different building techniques is emphasized, and students will design, prototype and build their own pieces. Sessions are held in the Visible Futures Lab, a state-of-the-art digital fabrication and rapid prototyping facility. Note: The lab fee includes in-class demo materials, safety equipment, and access to tools and workstations. Additional materials must be purchased by the student. Use of some digital fabrication machines may incur additional fees.

Bronwen Densmore, Manager, Visible Futures Lab, School of Visual Arts; Bronwen Densmore is an artist, fabricator and researcher with an interest in the history of technology and design. She has worked as a puppet and prop designer for film and television. She is also an organizing member of the Public Lab, a DIY environmental technology non-profit.

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Rhino Software Intensive for Beginners - ONLINE COURSE

Session 1 OLC-2387-A
September 23 – November 3
6 sessions, 1.5 CEUs
$220

Session 2 OLC-2387-B
November 4 – December 15
6 sessions, 1.5 CEUs
$220

 

Rhino is a cutting-edge software program that is used in architecture and engineering, as well as product and jewelry design industries for 3D modeling objects using NURBS surfaces. Rhino provides all the tools needed to accurately model and document your designs for CAD drawings, renderings, laser cutting, 3D printing, prototyping, CNC milling, and other manufacturing processes. This course will introduce and explore many of the common tools used in Rhino, with an emphasis on best practices. Through a series of lectures and tutorials, students will gain a firm command of these fundamental tools and be able to translate their ideas into computer models, physical prototypes and products. NOTE: Students are required to provide their own computers with McNeel's Rhino software installed. Free demo versions for the duration of the course are available for both Mac and PC platforms.

John Heida, former Director, Visible Futures Lab, School of Visual Arts.  John graduated from California College of the Arts architecture program and attended Columbia’s GSAPP where he honed his craft in architecture, furniture design, and digital fabrication. He has since worked as an architectural, product, and furniture designer on a variety of complex and high profile projects, including the PS1 Young Architects Competition (Summer Warm-Up), a home in Tiburon, CA made from fiber reinforced plastic, and a bronze sculpture with LED components in Trafalgar Square, London. Prior to John’s appointment as Director, he served as the Visible Future Lab’s Digital Fabrication Specialist.

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Screen Printing with Conductive Inks

Session VLC-2721-B

Fri., November 1–December 13

Hours: 7:00 pm–10:00 pm

6 sessions; 1.5 CEUs

$220; lab fee, $180


In this course students will be introduced to the techniques and concepts of interactive printmaking. We will begin by reviewing the proper techniques of silkscreening. Students will then explore new media interactive art concepts. Class time will be used to prototype projects and experiment with new ways for artists to engage with their audiences. The basics of electrical circuits, working with electro-conductive materials and innovative approaches to integrating responsive materials into students’ work will be included. No previous printmaking experience is required.

NOTE: The cost of conductive inks is included in the lab fee. No prior knowledge of electronics is required.

CHESTER DOLS, prototyping specialist, Visible Futures Lab, School of Visual Arts. Clients include: Irina Verona Architecture. Awards and honors include: Collaboration, Ohne Titel, New York Fashion Week; BioDesign Challenge, Intrexon Food and Agriculture Prize; design residency: New Museum. The instructor’s work can be viewed at: ckdols.com.

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Designing for 3D Printing: From Virtual Model to Physical Object

Session 1 VLC-2614-A
September 19 – October 24
6 sessions, 1.5 CEUs
$340; lab fee $150

Session 2 VLC-2614-B
October 31 – December 12
6 sessions, 1.5 CEUs
$340; lab fee $150


Technologies in 3D printing offer an array of creative options to artists and designers. In this course students will dive into 3D printing processes from virtual model to physical object. It will cover critical 3D modeling and mesh repairing techniques, as well as assembly, multiple material/color prep, complex geometries and how to finish printed objects. The primary modeling software is Rhino; however, students may use other applications. Sessions will be held at the Visible Futures Lab, a state-of-the-art digital fabrication and rapid prototyping facility.

PREREQUISITE: Basic knowledge of 3D modeling software.
NOTE: The lab fee includes demo materials, safety equipment, access to finishing equipment and a generous 3D print- ing limit per student. Any additional request of printed volume or special material may incur separate fees.

Oya Kosebay spent the last decade as a designer, a maker and an educator. She developed and taught classes using technology as a creative medium in Robotics, Physical Computing, 3D Modeling & Printing. An Alumni of NYU’s ITP program and partner of The NYC Makery, her work has been published in Educating Modern Learners, Wired, Sony Wonder Technology Lab and Maker Faire New York. She is currently the night manager at the Visible Futures Lab where she tests the limits of design combining different digital fabrication tools while helping graduate students of SVA to materialize their ideas. 

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DigiFab 101

VLC-2569-A

Wed., October 2–December 4

Hours: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

8 sessions; 2 CEUs

$280, lab fee $120


In this course students will be introduced to digital fabrication and common methods of rapid prototyping: 3D printing, laser cutting, CNC milling, UV and vinyl printing. This will be a hands-on exploration of the strengths and shortcomings of computer-aided design. By the end of this course, students will have a fabricated project and an understanding of 3D modeling, file handling for digital fabrication, and techniques for refining craft and finishings. Sessions will be held in the Visible Futures Lab, a state-of-the-art rapid prototyping facility.

NOTE: The lab fee includes in-class demo materials, safety equipment, and access to tools and workstations. Use of laser cutters, CNC router, and other digital fabrication machines may incur additional fees. Basic materials will be provided; all other materials must be purchased by the student.

CHESTER DOLS, Director, Visible Futures Lab, School of Visual Arts. Clients include: Irina Verona Architecture. Awards and honors include: Collaboration, Ohne Titel, New York Fashion Week; BioDesign Challenge, Intrexon Food and Agriculture Prize; design residency: New Museum. The instructor’s work can be viewed at: ckdols.com.

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