(Katherine Wilson,Snap together fabric, detailed view, 3D printed in SLS Nylon)
The interface of digital design and new fabrication technologies such as 3D printing will revolutionize how we design and create objects. 3D printing is a transformative technology that can produce an object from a digital file created either from the imagination or scanned from another object. 3D printers continue to rapidly drop in price and have become more user-friendly. Within a few years, simple models will be as affordable and commonplace as ink jet printers. The variety of potential applications is immense, including obvious uses such as rapid prototyping, creating art objects, replacing broken and worn-out parts in consumer goods, and more experimental uses such as printing out living cells and even replacement organs.
The Digital Design and Fabrication program is a collaboration of the SUNY New Paltz Schools of Fine and Performing Arts and Science and Engineering designed to provide an introduction to how to conceptualize and create digital designs that can then be fabricated on a 3D printer. Also included are basics of mechatronics that will provide the understanding for how 3D printers function as well as discussions on the broader social/cultural/technological aspects of this important new technology.
The three-semester program is offered as a non-credit program targeted at both businesses and entrepreneurs interested in rapid prototyping and the art and design community.
For information about the Digital Design and Fabrication Program or the Hudson Valley Advanced Manufacturing Center at SUNY New Paltz please contact:
Dean, School of Science and Engineering and Director of the Hudson Valley Advanced Manufacturing Center at SUNY New Paltz
SUNY New Paltz
1 Hawk Drive
New Paltz, NY 12561