Short Courses in Computer Aided Design

Online Courses at the Digital Training Hub 2020

As a result of the corona virus it is no longer safe to do face to face training so these courses are now being run online using Zoom video conferencing software allowing participants and trainers to interact face to face, share computer screens and even control machinery remotely. In order to take part you will need to have a good internet connection and to download and install Zoom,  and the relevant open source software onto a desktop or laptop with a working microphone and video camera.

These courses in computer-aided design and manufacturing are 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 digital design and then a physical object.

Places are 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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One 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 tasks like tracing a bitmap, grouping paths, and manipulating curves, and then you can start working on your own projects. For an extra fee any personal work can be posted to you at the end of the course.

There are no formal entry requirements but you should have some basic computer and mouse skills. As well as Zoom, Inkscape graphics software will be required for this course, they can be  downloaded from these links Inkscape, Zoom


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 toolpaths, set up the CNC router and run a routing operation on a full size machine. This short course will 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 design work in LibreCAD, a free and open source CAD program. We will begin by drawing a plywood stool, and then work on a design of your own and prototype it using the laser cutter. Once the designs have been finalized we will look at machining strategies and generate the tool paths 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 course you will be able to see your assembled designs and for an extra fee they can be posted to you.

There are no formal entry requirements but you should have some basic computer and mouse skills. As well as Zoom, Librecad and SheetCam will be used in the training program, they can be downloaded from these links LibreCad  SheetCam and Zoom

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, modify them for you own use, and process them for 3D Printing. We will be using Cura to process your designs for printing and for an extra fee any finished work can be posted to you after the course.

There are no formal entry requirements, but you should have some basic basic computer and mouse skills You will need Zoom and Cura installed on your computer which can be downloaded from these links Cura, Zoom. In order to generate 3D models we could also use  Blender, and  Freecad but they are optional.

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

What people have said about the courses,

“Aaron did a great job using Zoom to teach a complex design program. Enjoyed it very much.” James Mcauslin from London.

” Really enjoyed it –Thanks Aaron”. Fiona Wheeler from London.