The next step (realistically it was a simultaneous step) was to develop a dedicated space to support this curriculum. Enter the Thing Tank...
As soon as I could, I applied for internal funding for the lab. While I waited to hear back, I brought some of my old equipment in (including the first 3D printer I ever built).
I also managed to restore and retrofit a CNC mill that was collecting dust in the Jewelry and Metalsmithing area's storage room, and did the same with a broken CNC router that lived in ACAD's woodshop.
Alas, the lab did not receive funding the first year - which is understandable as the program was brand new, and would not officially be offered as a new minor until the following Fall.
Even so, I was able to utilize the equipment I cobbled together to work with students to explore digital fabrication methodologies and potential integration into their existing studio practices.
A great example of this can be seen in the work one of my students, Heather, a ceramics major, is doing:
Starting to apply what I am learning in my CAD object fabrication class to some of my ceramics. Created this image in Rhino and cut it in a vinyl plotter to use as a resist for a stain. #rhino #cad #design #vinyl #pots #potsonpots #pia #array #stain #ceramics #pottery #acadceramics #allclayallday #resist #objectdesign
This little teapot was created for my digital fabrication class. First it was modelled in Rhino and then cut on a cnc mill and then made into a negative player mould and finally slipcast! Woo! Now I got to glaze it #digitalfabrication #ceramics #pottery #teapot #tea #miniature #cnc #rhino #objectfabrication #allclayallday #slipcast #acadceramics
I'd show you some of the latest work she is doing, but it would be a bit of a spoiler for my next post, in which I plan on sharing where the majority of my energy has been devoted to in the studio. Stay tuned...