(Katherine Wilson,Snap together fabric, detailed view, 3D printed in SLS Nylon)
We will enroll our second class in to the Digital Design an Fabrication program in Fall, 2014. We have made one significant change in the program from the first year in that we have decreased the number of courses from 6 to 4 in order to focus on key topics and also to make it possible to finish the program in just two semesters. The schedule for the Fall courses and registration information will be available her in a few days (posted Tuesday April 22, 2104)
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 two-semester program will be offered as a non-credit program targeted at both businesses and entrepreneurs interested in rapid prototyping and the art and design community.