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3D Modeling and 3D Printing

An “inside the classroom” look at ARST 30510.

3D printer art

Students use fabrication software and a 3D printer to turn an artistic vision into reality.

3D Modeling and 3D Printing

An “inside the classroom” look at ARST 30510.

ARST 30510: 3D Modeling and 3D Printing

About the Course: The advanced new media class focuses on teaching students how to incorporate technology tools into their artworks. Students learn about three-dimensional modeling and fabrication software to create prototypes or simulations. For their work to stand out, students expand their knowledge of the materials and principles of three-dimensional digital media and strengthen their critical thinking skills.

“The goal is to enjoy the process of exploring new materials, methods and tools.”
Instructor Nick Bontrager

Class times: Tuesdays and Thursdays: 9:30-12:20 p.m.

Prerequisites: ARST 20503 Video Art: Beginning New Media

Credit: Elective class for students in School of Art

Instructor: Nick Bontrager, assistant professor of art

Class size: Seven (all art majors)

Texts: No textbook. Students read selected excerpts from contemporary artists using 3-D technology around the world.

 Class Work: Through six major projects, students work with 3D printing, laser cutting and archival photo printing. At the beginning of each project, students receive an overview of the functionality and safety of the tools and equipment for the assignment, plus a brief on best-practice techniques and special supplies. At the end, students critique and discuss their projects as a group. Each student uses a sketchbook to record ideas, observations, vocabulary, class notes and images. “The goal is to enjoy the process of exploring new materials, methods and tools,” Bontrager said. “I want them to just be comfortable with it to the point where they are not afraid to experiment.”

 

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Art students pose outside of the Moudy Building’s Fab Lab. (photo by Rebecca Gonzalez)