modeling & design
CAD, 3D modeling, and graphic design are essential to make digital art and models across the entertainment and animation industries. Softwares like those taught in our Modeling & Design subseries have virtually limitless applications. Graphic design softwares can breathe life into amazing art projects, 3D modeling software can create realistic models for games and film, and CAD softwares can build functional parts or simulate stress, strain, and environmental effects on parts and assemblies.
Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Workshops
Our Computer-Aided Design (CAD) workshop subseries allows makers to become more comfortable with industry-standard CAD and simulation software such as SolidWorks, Autodesk Fusion 360, and Onshape. These softwares excel at creating geometric objects and complex, functional models.
CAD is primarily used for creating detailed engineering 3D models or 2D drawings of physical components, but it is also used throughout the engineering process from conceptual design and layout of products to strength and dynamic analysis of assemblies. It can also be used to design objects such as jewelry, furniture, appliances, etc. CAD has become an integral part of the modern engineering toolkit, and has applications in prototyping, product development, or parts testing.
3D Modeling (MOD) Workshops
Our 3D modeling workshop subseries introduces makers to the basics of getting started with popular and easy-to-use modeling softwares such as Sculptris. Soon, we'll be adding Autodesk Mudbox, Blender, and Zbrush to the list. In contrast with CAD, 3D modeling traditionally works with more organic shapes and more traditionally starts with a 3D geometric object like a square or a circle that acts as a digital 'ball of clay' which you can pull, push, smush, and manipulate into a 3D model.
Used in industries such as animation, gaming, architecture, manufacturing, product iteration, and industrial design, 3D models are crucial components of digital production. These softwares are capable of creating beautiful and intricate models for video games, movies, and certainly 3D printing. Remember, before your idea can be 3D printed, it must first be designed using 3D modeling or CAD software.
Graphic Design Series (GDS) Workshops
Our graphic design software (GDS) workshop subseries shows makers how to use popular graphic design software such as Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop as well as free alternatives such as Inkscape, an accessible vector graphics editor. Everything from pamphlets and flyers to cartoons, vector images, vinyl stickers, and even laser engraved and cut designs can be created with these graphic design softwares.