About the workshop
[NOTE: This is a two-session workshop. Session one runs from 10am – 1pm on Saturday, February 17th and session two runs from 10am – 1pm on Saturday, February 24th.]
In this workshop, participants will be introduced to the basics of 3D modeling and 3D printing, and will become familiar enough with both to create a small, simple 3D printed object utilizing Tinkercad (an intro-level online 3D modeling program which can be found at tinkercad.com), Cura (a “slicing” program), and a Lulzbot Mini.
More specifically, participants will:
- Become familiar with and learn how to navigate the Tinkercad interface in order to create simple 3D models
- Become familiar with Cura, a “slicer” program that “translates” files of 3D modeled objects for the 3D printer
- Learn about the boolean operators fundamental to 3D modeling and printing
- Learn basic 3D printing techniques and troubleshooting tips
- Create and print one or several objects to take home
No previous experience with 3D printing or 3D modeling is required. This workshop is most suitable for adults and youth aged 10 and up. We recommend that youth ages 10-13 be accompanied by an adult. We strongly recommend that participants bring a laptop. While no special software will need to be installed, the laptop should be wifi-enabled and have the capability to run Tinkercad.
About the Instructor
Dr. Alison Colman’s first venture into new media and digital art was as an undergraduate at Carnegie Mellon University. She continued on this path as a freelance computer animator and graduate student at The Ohio State University, where she received her MA and Ph.D. Most of her coursework was through the Advanced Computing Center for Art and Design at The Ohio State University, where she developed a strong interest in 3D animation, digital art, cyberculture studies, art criticism, and education. She has published scholarly articles on digital art and theory in journals such as Visual Arts Research, Studies in Art Education, and the Journal of Social Theory in Art Education, written artist reviews for the Tate Gallery Online and Furtherfield.com, and has lectured on digital art and art criticism nationally and internationally. Her work has also been screened at Siggraph, the Parsons School of Art and Design, and the Big Muddy Film Festival.
After teaching in the School of Art at Ohio University, Athens from 2002-2007, Dr. Colman founded the Fuse Factory Electronic and Digital Arts, where she has served as its founding director up to the present. Under her direction, the Fuse Factory has served hundreds of new media and sound artists and experimental electronic musicians from around the U.S. and Ohio, along with thousands of people around central Ohio, through its performances, exhibitions, and workshops.