2D Design for Digital Fabrication

Ages: 13-17
Cost: $150 ($38 deposit)
Schedule: Mon, 4:00-6:00pm, 2/6, 2/13, 2/27 and 3/6
Instructor: Drew Wilson

Laser cutters, vinyl cutters and the CNC router are all machines that use digital files to produce physical objects. In this class you will learn the concepts of two-dimensional design and learn practical techniques for turning your ideas into digital files that can be cut by the various digital fabrication machines available at Technocopia. In this class students will learn about digital design for fabricating physical objects. We will focus on the design process on a computer, but will also spend some time with some of the exciting machines at Technocopia like the vinyl cutter and the laser cutter. Students will learn the foundations of 2D design while producing stickers and laser cut artwork. We’ll be working primarily with Inkscape, which free and open source software similar to Adobe Illustrator or Corel Draw.

Topics covered:

  • Iterative design and engineering

  • Vector files vs bitmap images

  • How to draw lines, basic shapes and text

  • Working with paths: unions, difference, grouping, insets, outsets

  • Basic tracing of drawings to create vector files

  • Prepping your designs for production

This class will focus on using the software for 2D design—although we will cover how to design for particular machines, but we will not cover how to operate individual machines. Students will only use the machines with the instructor.