Course Description

RISD CE 3D Modeling for Digital Fabrication course

Purposefully accessible, this course avoids the usual digital prerequisites of advanced 3D modeling skills by focusing on workflow through less intimidating 3D scanning approaches and the use of open-source 3D files. Only basic Rhino 3D modeling overviews will be given through tutorials; however, more in-depth support will be offered according to individual student interest through tutorials, and individual and group meetings on Zoom. The course begins with an overview of digital fabrication processes and their potential applications to all fields of art and design. Following this, students are supported in developing individual projects primarily utilizing Rhino 6 and FDM (fusion deposition modeling) and SLA (stereolithography) 3D printing. Other potential modes of creating content are introduced as student interests dictate: graphics, rendering and basic animation. In line with RISD's interdisciplinary culture, the course is structured to integrate all individual creative practices and has applications to fashion, textiles, jewelry, product and industrial design, as well as sculpture and painting.


Students must be an adult age 18 or older to participate.


Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Online, Asynchronous
Jun 21, 2022 to Jul 31, 2022
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Tuition non-credit $425.00 Click here to get more information
Drop Request Deadline
Jul 12, 2022
Transfer Request Deadline
Jun 14, 2022
Withdrawal Request Deadline
Jun 21, 2022 to Jul 31, 2022
Necessary Supplies

Students are responsible for purchasing their own art supplies, equipment, software subscriptions, and/or books. For most classes, the cost is under $125 (estimate). A supply list will be available on the course site in Canvas at least 30 days prior to the first day of class.

Once you have received your enrollment confirmation and logged in to Canvas, navigate to Upcoming Courses on the left-hand side of your dashboard. Supplies will be listed on your course homepage under the supplies heading. Some or all of your course supplies are available at the RISD Store.

Section Notes

This course section requires access to Rhino 7. Please visit the Rhino website to check "minimum system requirements" for your computer before registering.

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