Digital Modeling & Fabrication
Digital Modeling & Fabrication | Accredited 9 month program | 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.
I feel more confident now overall. We learned how to use so many tools I had never used before. I feel like I can make anything.
- Telli Quinn '19
now a Design Engineer with Empire Group
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 SOLIDWORKS®, Rhino, 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 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 to begin in-demand careers bringing valuable skills to design departments and modern prototyping shops, or to becoming entrepreneurs.
Hand & Power Tool Use
Drawing for Design Development
3D Printing & Prototyping
Craftsmanship & Artistry
Teamwork & Communication
3D Printing Specialist
CNC Machine Operator
Product Development Specialist