What is the course about?
This course offers introduction to the basic principles of 3D printing for casting. Using Rhino, a software used for computer-aided design (CAD) you will learn the basics of 3D modelling and how apply these to designing in 3D for casting and manufacturing. This is a tool for designing and making that is relevant to any jeweller, creative practitioner or an individual that wishes to learn more about 3D printing. By the end of the course, you will take home with you a simple 3D printed piece of your own design printed in resin on site at City Lit.
What will we cover?
• Contextualising the casting process.
• Contextualising the 3D printing process and its application to casting and manufacture.
• How to design in Rhino for 3D printing within realistic tolerances.
• Drawing and manipulating curves and surfaces using various commands such as ArrayPolar, BooleanUnion, BooleanDifference, Circle and ExtrudeCrv.
• Software terminology such as CPlane, NURBS, STL and slicer.
• 3D printing terminology such as additive manufacturing, CAD, CAM, prototyping and FDM.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Demonstrate an understanding of the casting process.
• Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of 3D printing and its application to casting and manufacture.
• Recognise how to design in Rhino for 3D printing within realistic tolerances.
• Manipulate curves and surfaces using various commands including ArrayPolar, BooleanUnion, BooleanDifference,
• Circle and ExtrudeCrv.
• Recognise and use software and 3D printing terminology.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is best suited to those with some prior knowledge of design and/or making, however this is not essential. You should be confident with simple mathematics and accurate measurements, and have basic experience of using a computer. You do not need to have used Rhino or other CAD software’s before.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Through practical demonstrations both to the group and to individuals. Group discussions and feedback are encouraged.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will need to bring a notebook/paper in order to make notes and a USB to save your work on. It may be beneficial to download the free trial of Rhino whilst doing the course so that you are able to practise at home.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
City Lit offer a wide range of short and year-long courses in Jewellery design and making, from beginners to advanced, and for professional development.
The courses below might complement what you learned on this course:
VV864 Develop your jewellery design and making
VV865 Jewellery: design lab
VW361 Rhino project workshop.