Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Anderson Ranch June 2014

Anderson Ranch June 23-27

My first PD experience of the summer was a week long 3D Printing and CNC output workshop at Anderson Ranch in Snowmass, Colorado. The course was led by Norwood Viviano , a noted sculptor and sculpture program coordinator at Grand Valley State in Michigan.  We spent the week exploring the software Rhino3D, which is the pro level software used in many college programs.  Lucky for us, it remains a free download in the Mac version, so we can use it with students immediately, augmenting our current use of Thingiverse tools and files in other areas of the school. The workshop was a great opportunity to work with sculpture professors from several colleges, professional artists and tech support for college programs as they worked to explore the ways 3D printing and CNC output will dovetail with their existing programs.  Rhino files transfer to the MakerBot software, which output to two different versions of the MakerBot printer. One printed PLA and one ABS, and we were also able to experiment with the dissolvable support filament for more complex prints.  In addition to 3D printing, we also had access to CNC machinery, and in the interest of time and materials we worked in rough form in 4” blue styrofoam.

Digital Sculpture: 3-D printing & CNC cutting – S0505

Norwood Viviano

CONCEPT: In this fast-paced workshop, we explore 3-D computer modeling and its potential within a sculpture practice. Students are introduced to Rhino software to create sculptural elements via 3-D printing and CNC machining. We discuss methods of combining new 3-D digital technology with a variety of sculptural techniques while exploring some of the most readily available CAD software packages and 3-D printing technologies available. Norwood leads examinations of various concepts, including hybrids, inventions and numerous strategies for digital fabrication.
MEDIA & TECHNIQUES: Students use Rhino software, 3-D printing and CNC machining; MakerBot additively prints parts in plastic and CNC subtractively carves parts in wood, and/or foam; thin plywood, Sintra plastic, acrylic and soft woods. Students are encouraged to bring laptops with current design software. 
ACTIVITIES: We learn through demonstrations, presentations and individual and group discussions to further the development of concepts and facilitate a better understanding of new technology and processes. The week is spent investigating CAD software, 3-D printing and CNC machining, culminating in a group discussion
FACULTY: Norwood Viviano heads the sculpture program at Grand Valley State University, MI, where he teaches courses in 3-D printing and foundry. He received his M.F.A. in sculpture from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Recently, he was awarded residencies at Kohler CO., Tacoma Museum of Glass and the Corning Museum of Glass.

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