3-D Printing: Level 2

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3-D Printing: Level 2

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Session Dates: October 07, 2017 - December 09, 2017

Cost: $690.00

This class is no longer offered during this period.

This advanced course will prepare students to work with advanced parametric digital techniques in relation to their physical numerically controlled execution using hybrid and advanced digital fabrication techniques. This course is designed for designers and makers of all types: architects, engineers, fashion designers, object designers, technicians and artists. In parallel to the scheduled topics, participants will develop individual projects with the assistance of the instructors and will have hands-on access to computer-numerically controlled fabrication equipment: different 3D printers, technologies and according to possibilities to be confirmed CNC 3-axis Mill. This course builds up from the introduction to Digital Fabrication course and covers the use of various rapid prototyping digital techniques used to "materialize" these designs. The focus of the course will be based on advanced modeling fabrication techniques and problems and will focus on building three dimensional physical form or object from a digital design. Hands-on projects based on three dimensional parametric form will then be laser cut, 3d printed and/or CNC milled using facilities at The Cooper Union. Advanced more complex techniques based on parametric designs for reverse engineering will be studied, allowing each student to be able to build physical forms using 3d printing and CNC milling. The course will also compare devices and techniques currently available, and also analyze future trends in digital fabrication technology.

Requirements: knowledge of AutoCAD, Rhino 3d and Grasshopper (introduction) is necessary. Computers are provided for each student for hands on exercises, but it is recommended that students bring their own laptops with installed software (Rhinoceros 5.0) for plug-ins installation and customization. Recommended installed software: AutoCAD 2015 and later, Rhinoceros 5.0 and Grasshopper. AutoCAD and Rhinoceros trial version can be downloaded for free within a limited time. Grasshopper plug in can be downloaded for free. www.rhino3d.com. In the case that the instructor teaches digital fabrication, material costs for production are provided by students and depend on the amount for material that the project model require. The schedule for rapid prototyping will be administrated by the instructor and according to the machine use and availability. The prototype of each student will be constraint to available time for cutting/printing/milling, student budget and resources.

Computers are provided for each student for hands on exercises, but it is recommended that students bring their own laptops with installed software (Rhinoceros 5.0) for plug-ins installation and customization. Recommended installed software: AutoCAD 2015 and later, Rhinoceros 5.0 and Grasshopper. AutoCAD and Rhinoceros trial version can be downloaded for free within a limited time. Grasshopper plug in can be downloaded for free. www.rhino3d.com.

Meets Weekly: Saturdays 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Students MUST enroll 5 business days prior to the course start date, The final day to register is October 5th., students enrolling after this date will pay a $15 late fee.

Course Code: $128931

Instructor(s): Gabriel Munnich

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.