Friday, February 10, 2017


With a focus on digital technologies, the class will explore new material processes related to digital fabrication methodologies. The goal is to form a set of skills which build up a designer’s creative potential through 3D modeling, 3D printing, 3D scanning, laser cutting and possibly CNC cutting. This course actively applies programing learned in prerequisite CAD class ‘Digital 3D Modeling and Rendering’ class, to explore various manufacturing process specifically applicable to jewelry. Research, models and innovative approaches are in direct response to questions of inquiry brought forward through design problems in the class.


·       Students will be proficient in CAD drawing,3D printing, 3D scanning, laser cutting and digital rendering through completing design problem assignments, samples and completing final projects.

·       Students will solve design problems by discussing examples of contemporary work made using digital fabrication techniques 

·       Students will use on-campus facilities to better understand outsourcing file formatting standards for outsourcing to industry

·       Students will develop a digital fabrication work flow when designing and fabricating objects

·       Students will develop the ability to assess, analyze, and articulate a critical approach to digital fabrication in a written and verbal form through research, hands-on fabrication and peer evaluation.


·       Students will be expected to work on studio problems in class and out of class. The work being submitted should reveal creative solutions to the problems assigned. Just turning in the assignment does not guarantee a passing grade.
·       Students will be expected to reveal accomplishment and growth in the use of practical skills and techniques in completion of studio problems.
·       Pride in craftsmanship and personal investigation is essential.
·       Students will be expected to develop standards and criteria for objective evaluation of his or her own work as well as the work of others.
·       Students are expected to have an active involvement in class work and in group discussions.
·       Students are expected to attend all classes and departmental lectures & critiques.
·       Students who miss a class are responsible for all missed information.
·       Students must communicate with instructor regarding any performance issues. 
·       Each student is expected to come to class with needed tools, drawings and models as required.
·       Students are expected to keep an active, ongoing sketchbook for journal entries, visual notations, along with project ideas & studies.
·       Students should plan their time wisely. Solutions should be realistic & planned in relation to each projects time frame.
·       Students are expected to follow all studio rules laid out by the instructor and the department tech.
·       Cell Phones, food and music are unacceptable during active class-time


Each student will be required to be actively involved in individual research with each project. This may include drawings, readings, models/ maquettes, written work and contemporary and historical research to further their ideas and help give context to the work produced. All forms of research should be used.  This includes but is not limited to Pinterest, Tumblr, Flickr, Facebook, Instagram, scrapbook, sketchbooks, Magazines, etc.


You are expected to bring all necessary materials for each day’s assignment.  You are expected to be in class on time, stay the full time, and make the most of the class time for completing your work.  If you miss a class, it is your responsibility to find out what you missed and be prepared for the following class. Get to know your neighbors (phone #’s); use each other!  Call your friends!  If you need my assistance catching up on materials missed, you must meet with me outside of class.  I will not spend class time going over missed material unless it is review. Start to develop a healthy work habit but not staying up all night.  Work hours when your instructors can help you.


Attendance is mandatory.  Not only is this common courtesy, but missing a class, being late, unprepared, etc. affects your performance and my ability to conduct class and help others at the most effective level.  Only 1 absence will be excused.  Any additional absences will lower your final grade by one letter grade for each additional absence. Being late three times equals one absence.  Being late more than 30 min equals one absence.


You must generate a research site/blog! Coherent documentation is required! At the end of each class, entries should be made recording problems, questions, progress and short-term goals. Your blog will be reviewed during the second to last week of classes. Add anything you feel helps you solve problems with your projects. The blog will be averaged in with any quizzes to become another project grade. A minimum of 50 posts. If a student fails to post/record research digitally they may receive a failing mark. All blog links must be emailed to me by the second day of class. ALL RENDERS must be processed at the highest level when submitting them for a grade.


Critiques will be held at the end of each project.  If a student misses a critique (unexcused), there is a 40% reduction on that particular project. Late work will be reduced one letter grade. Late projects are due within one class period following the project due-date, except at the mid tern and final review. You may resubmit a project (except the final project) to improve your grade to a maximum of a B+. Be aware, turning in projects late or resubmitting them often compromises work on the next project.


Department outfitted toolboxes: If you have your own tools, you may use them.  A list will be provided with all necessary tools and you are expected to purchase what is missing. Metals and supplies that are needed throughout the semester are available for purchase at the Metcalf store.  

Please bring to class the following: A USB jump drive, a digital caliper, a fine tipped sharpie, x-acto knife or scissors, paper, tape, writing implements, ruler, and a small sketchbook. These and/or related items can be purchased online or at the RISD supply store. You will be required to pay for any outsourcing that is not included in the class.


Often you will have the opportunity to use the school's tools. These tools are designed specifically for processes we will cover in class. You are responsible for maintaining these tools in excellent condition or better.  At the end of every session they must be returned in perfect order.  Any items damaged through miss-use must be repaired/replaced prior to the final critique.  If tools are damaged or missing at that time, your grades will be encumbered, until you make repairs or replacements.

Please do not use the tools for things other than metalsmithing and jewelry-making. Please keep the tools dry and free from rust and scratches. Be nice to your tools, and they will be nice to you.


Projects will be assessed by these criteria - technical accomplishment, sophistication of concept, idea engagement, problem-solving, demonstration of research, timely completion of well-executed samples. 

Technically, each project is equal to 20% of your grade (three projects and sketchbook/Blog, four total =80%). The last 20% is determined by your commitment to in-class work, your demonstrated interest in the subject, enthusiasm, and degree of artistic experimentation. Other factors include the quality of your samples and sketchbook, timely completion of projects, and attendance record.

Late projects or incomplete projects will receive reduced grades. A grade of Incomplete will only be awarded on the basis of circumstances delineated in the RISD student handbook.  Please refer to that document for further information regarding Incomplete grades.

Clear and complete understanding of the concepts introduced by the assignment. Creative and individual application of these concepts in problem solving. Sensitive use of materials and tools. Extensive participation in class discussion and critiques.  Great work habits. 

A good understanding of the concepts introduced by the assignment. Creative and individual application of these concepts in problem solving. Good use of materials and tools Participation in class discussions and critiques.  Good work habits. 

Average understanding of the concepts introduced by the assignment. Average application of these concepts in problem solving. Some understanding of materials and tools.  Limited participation in class discussions and critiques.  Average work habits.

D or F
Incomplete understanding of the concepts introduced by the problem. Poor application of these concepts in problem solving.  Poor use of materials and tools. Little or no class participation.

A = 90-100%, B = 80-90%, C = 70-80%, D = 60-70%,  F = below 59%

You are expected to clean up after yourself during and at the end of each class, or work session. Please respect the work of others. The mess you leave on the tabletop surface will affect the next person who works in your space. I will give specific instructions on how to clean up after each medium. Some of the techniques necessary for this course are, or can be, dangerous. It is very important to keep the studio environment as clean as possible to lessen the potential for accidents. Cleanliness and safety will play a very crucial role in this course, so you will constantly be looking out for yourself, and others. As part of this class, there will be a mandatory clean up day during exam week

As mentioned above, some of the materials and techniques we will be covering in this course are dangerous.  I will be covering the potential risks involved as the need arises.  You are expected to wear the necessary protection and take the necessary precautions to avoid injury and/or health hazards.  Every student MUST USE safety glasses, a dust-mask, and hearing protection (which will be issued to you).  Please refer to additional policies that apply to the art dept. concerning safety on the “Student Health and Safety Information” sheet provided by the department technician.

Health and Safety Disclosure:

This course and all Metal Arts courses at RISD pose potential health risks to people with dust and chemical allergies, as well as to women who are pregnant.  Please consult your physician with questions as to your particular situation. If you have a medical situation in class, please inform the instructor and your doctor. Students enrolled in Metal Arts courses are expected to abide by safety rules when working in the studio. If a student is not following proper safety regulations, they may be asked to drop the course.  Student that required additional allowances must contact student services and inform their instructor at the beginning of the semester.

Emergency Numbers: Police and Fire 911                
Off Campus: 401 454-6666                                  
On Campus: Public safety ext:6666                   
Student Services:  401-454-6467





01.pngAxis plane indicator
02.pngFree move origin
03.pngMenu ball
Move arrows
04.pngMove X
05.pngMove Y
06.pngMove Z
Rotation arcs
07.pngRotate X
08.pngRotate Y
09.pngRotate Z
Scale handles
10.pngScale X
11.pngScale Y
12.pngScale Z

Shift control click = Sub-select

Click,control drag = Extrude

Drag tap alt = Copy

Some tools that are great to know

Relocate the gumball
Snappy dragging
Align to Cplane
Align to World
Align to Object

Split face>Extrude


Find ten examples of contemporary jewelry/jewelers that utilize 3D printing in their work.  Specifically look for joints or flex points. Post them to your blog. 

Try to model some linkages.  Do screen shots or renders so we can all look at them together. Create an animation using the animation tool in Rhino (I will go over this today).  Upload your video to your blog. 

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