Digital Modeling & Fabrication
Digital Modeling & Fabrication | Accredited 9 month program | Enrolls in September
The Digital Modeling & Fabrication program bridges skills at the cross-roads of design and technology. This program is ideal for students who are deeply interested in new ways of ‘making’ or who want to learn new professional skills and technologies in additive manufacturing (3D printing), advanced subtractive machining utilizing code (CNC mills and lathes, laser cutters), and computer aided drafting (CAD) and design - or even ‘reverse engineering’ with the aid of 3D scanning.
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
In this specialized learning environment, students learn the principles of design and fabrication via hands-on, project-based assignments. Students begin with hand tools and analog machines, gaining an experiential sensitivity to these foundational processes. Basic engineering drawing helps students, not yet accustomed to doing so, begin to communicate and visualize 3D form and prepares them for CAD/3D modeling. Students learn CAD through programs such as SOLIDWORKS®, Rhino, and Fusion360.
As students advance, they deepen their skills for translating design ideas into physical products using iterative manual and digital prototyping, computer aided design (CAD), computer numeric control (CNC/CAM) machining, 3D printing, and scanning. Students work with a variety of materials including plastics, advanced 3D printed resins, metal, composites, and wood.
The learning process is continual. Failure and success are equally valuable experiences in deepening an understanding of the relationship between digital design and high tech fabrication.
This nationally accredited, 9-month program provides graduates with a broad range of transferable and scalable skills, experiential knowledge, and technology proficiency which become a gateway to innovative design and prototyping careers, as well as the advanced manufacturing shop environment.
Hand & Power Tool Use
Drawing for Design Development
3D Printing & Prototyping
Craftsmanship & Artistry
Teamwork & Communication
3D Printing Specialist
CNC Machine Operator
Product Development Specialist