Short Courses in Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing

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NEW in 2018! The launch of the Digital Training Hub.

Launching with a trio of short courses in computer-aided design and manufacturing aimed at individuals, artists, designers and small businesses curious to learn how digital technologies can be used to transform the workplace. These are practical, hands-on courses with extensive 1-1 time with an experienced tutor. You will learn how to generate 2D and 3D computer designs and turn them into physical objects using a laser cutter, CNC router or a 3D printer. Allow your imagination to generate ideas and this course will give you the skills to transform an idea into a tangible piece. Problem solve by creating a practical solution for a challenge you face in the workplace. Why hire when you can create a piece yourself exactly as you require!

Places are extremely limited. For the full course details and to book your spot: CLICK HERE  

Completion of ANY of our courses makes you eligible to book out our workshop on an hourly basis at a special graduate rate. Giving you the opportunity to start new projects using the skills you have gained.

Laser Cutting and Engraving

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Two day course

Laser cutting and engraving is a CNC technology that allows an amazing range of high quality 2D and 3D designs and products to be made quickly and easily. Using Inkscape, a free and open source software program, you will learn how to create designs for cutting and engraving in wood, leather, acrylic, cardboard and even glass. Laser cutters are increasingly being used by all kinds businesses and individuals and becoming ever more available. This short course will teach you the basic skills necessary to design and make your own creations.

We will start by doing some small guided projects in plywood or cardboard. You will learn how to draw shapes, paths, and text objects in inkscape and how to control the laser cutting process by assigning colors to the different elements of the design. Once you have mastered the basics we will do some more complex things like tracing a bitmap, grouping paths, and manipulating curves, you can start working on your own personal projects

There are no formal entry requirements but you should have some basic computer and mouse skills. All equipment and training materials will be supplied, bring your own drawings, materials, ideas and laptop if you wish, but only Inkscape will be used in the training program. This can be downloaded here www.inkscape.org 

Places are extremely limited. For the full course details and to book your spot: CLICK HERE

CNC Routing and Milling

 

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Three day course

CNC Routing and digital design and manufacturing are fast becoming the norm in furniture production. It can be used not only for high volume production but also for highly complex and individual pieces………Using a range of free and open source software programs you will learn how to create designs, generate the toolpaths, set up the CNC router and run a routing operation on a full size machine. This short course teach you the basics of the cnc routing process and allow you to develop your skills on your own and to return to cut your own work on our router.

We will start by getting to know the software and hardware we will be using, and looking at some of the joining techniques available. You will learn how to draw up your design in LibreCAD, a free and open source CAD program. We will design or redesign a plywood stool, and prototype it using the lasercutter. Once the designs have been finalized we will look at machining strategies and generate the toolpaths using Sheetcam. You will then learn how to fix the plywood to the table, fit the correct cutter, home the machine and run the program. And at the end of the day you can assemble your stool and take it home.

There are no formal entry requirements but you should have some basic computer and mouse skills. All equipment and training materials will be supplied, bring your own laptop if you wish, but only Librecad will be used in the training program. This can be downloaded here .

Places are extremely limited. For the full course details and to book your spot: CLICK HERE

3D Printing

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One day course

3D printing is still in its infancy but it is set to be the next major manufacturing phenomena with implications for all walks of life including engineering, medicine as well as art and design. Using a range of free and open source software programs you will learn how to create or download designs and modify them for you own use, and process them for 3D Printing. Blender, Freecad and Slic3r will be used for generating or modifying 3D models and processing them for printing.

There are no formal entry requirements but you should have some basic computer and mouse skills. All equipment and training materials will be supplied, bring your own laptop if you wish, but only Librecad will be used in the training program. This can be downloaded here http://librecad.org/cms/home.html

Places are extremely limited. For the full course details and to book your spot: CLICK HERE