Digital Modeling & Fabrication

IYRS is the best choice for those looking for a Digital Modeling School In Rhode Island.

Digital Modeling & Fabrication | Accredited 9 month program | Meets Monday through Friday, 8:30-5 | Enrolls in September

Every product we use today was developed through the industrial design process. In this intensive, 9-month program, students will learn and experience the industrial design process through immersive project-based learning. 

The program begins with an exploration of design thinking concepts, hand sketching, and design prototyping on manual tools and machines.  Progressing, students will learn and become proficient in using industry-aligned 3D modeling software including Rhino 3D and Fusion360. Students will learn to fabricate their designs using additive manufacturing technology like 3D printers, and subtractive manufacturing technology including laser cutters and CNC mills, lathes, and routers. As students advance, they continue to deepen their skills for translating design ideas into physical products. Students work with a variety of materials including plastics, advanced SLA resins, thermoforming plastic, metal, composites, and wood, and gain exposure to microprocessing.

Throughout the program, students continue to build upon their industrial design skills. Iterative project work provides students the opportunity to experience failure and success, equally valuable in deepening an understanding of the relationship between digital design and high tech fabrication. 

This immersive industrial design program culminates in a capstone project where students use the skills they’ve acquired to create an object or product of their own design. This program prepares students for in-demand careers bringing valuable skills to design departments and modern prototyping shops, or to becoming entrepreneurs. 

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We learned how to use so many tools I had never used before.
I feel like I can make anything.
- Telli Quinn '19
now an Industustrial Designer with Empire Group

IYRS student tracing a cardboard layout
IYRS student with a mask on using a piece of machinery
different stages of prototypes



  • Hand & Power Tool Use

  • Design Principles

  • Drawing for Design Development


  • Fusion360

  • Manual Machining

  • Laser Cutting

  • 3D Printing & Prototyping

  • Vacuum Forming


  • Craftsmanship

  • Design Thinking

  • Entrepreneurship

  • Project Management

  • Shop Safety

  • Portfolio Development 

  • Presentation Skills

  • Teamwork & Communication

  • Time Management


Design Engineering
Product Development
CNC Machining
Product Prototyping
Commercial 3D Printing

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Newsweek named IYRS one of the Best Maker Schools in the world for 2021. Winners of this prestigious award are institutions of higher education that have curricula that encourages learning by doing; are supported by educators committed to collaborative problem-solving; have well-developed makerspaces, labs, and studios; and which support diverse, interactive communities that engage in knowledge and skill sharing.
The award highlights institutions with innovative programs that demonstrate the ingenuity and community engagement that are hallmarks of the maker movement.