This is a two part class offered for a limited time on the same day. Students are required to take both classes consecutively.
Sign up HERE to take both classes this Saturday, January 19th.
The Stratasys Dimension SST 1200es prints three-dimensional parts using ABS plastic and a soluble support material, resulting in objects that are both detailed and durable.
Part I of this class will explain the printing process and go into greater detail about the materials it uses. Also covered will be a demonstration of the machine’s proprietary toolpathing program, Catalyst; the available print resolution; and proper placement and orientation of objects. Additionally, participants will finish their printed objects. Both the bathing process and the removal of soluble support will be covered.
In the second part of this class, members will learn how to operate the hardware side of the Stratasys Dimension SST 1200es 3-D printer. This course will teach you the prep and post printing skills of the Dimension. You will master the skills of purging the machine, cleaning the envelope, changing material and starting your print. After a demonstration of proficiency, an individual will be able to manage the entire FDM 3D printing process without staff assistance.
Grasshopper is a parametric design software for 2d and 3d modeling that allows you to preserve your design decisions in a structure that allows for rapid iteration, responsive feedback, evolution, and data driven processes. In short, it helps you create flexible geometries through visual coding.
In this two day course, we will cover the basics of Grasshopper, dealing with lists and series, patterns, data structures, reading and writing data, geometric analysis, and visualization. Students will share in the learning experience by pooling the tools they build on Day 2. We will address practical applications like preparing geometry for prototyping and sharing files for collaboration. We will also consider the artistic and unorthodox uses of this powerful software.
Students will be expected to bring a PC laptop with Rhino 5 or the Rhino 5 software evaluation installed as well as the most recent build of Grasshopper. Have a Mac? You could use Parallels for Mac to run Rhino or use a NextFab computer. We want everyone to try. A working knowledge of 3D modeling is recommended. Artists, designers, makers, engineers and coders are all welcome.
The class will be taught by artist and designer Chris Landau. Chris gained experience with Grasshopper both at work at OLIN, a Philadelphia landscape architecture studio, as well as in his own artistic work. Landau's own work explores themes related to City and Cells. His visual vocabulary finds it's way into various traditional and digital media such as printmaking, animation, 3D printing and drawing. Chris did a recent residency with NextFab through the muraLAB project in conjunction with Philadelphia Mural Arts. He has also recently attended Ecology of Strangers, a workshop that was part of the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale to enhance the designed ecologies of the Venice Lagoon.