Professor Neil Forrest

NSCAD University
an overview of departments using digital modeling

ZCorp Zprinter 310
Rhino software, JewelCAD
Vacuform & various plastics forming equipment
RAM press

new Blaauw gas & electric kilns

new Blaauw gas & electric kilns

NSCAD University has recently acquired the ZCorp 310 printer that sits in a new Plastics Lab, and will be shared by all departments.

For the Ceramics Department, a particular interest is integrating rapid prototyping into our ceramic ‘Process & Design’ course, which relates mold/production techniques to ‘boutique design’. Further, we wish to connect rapid prototyping to the making of models for our 60-ton RAM press. Current buddhism and on-line dating experiments include 2-part starch and ABS molds for the making of silicone and urethane rubber models, which are then used to cast ‘male’ parts in RAM die molds. We are beginning to experiment with various output media, hard to flexible.

Given the close relationship of NSCAD’s Ceramics Department to the Dalhousie University School of Architecture speed dating in maryland in Halifax, the first architectural object underway is small connector unit to construct interior screens and scrims.

NSCAD Ceramics is cultivating relationships with several research-oriented architects to exploit ceramics properties in scenarios for sustainable design. I am a consultant on Philip Beesley’s SSHRC (Social Sciences and Research Council, Canada) grant entitled ‘Responsive Architectures’, which investigates a sculptural vision of architectural surfaces composed of interlocking matrixes of various natures (conducted through the Architecture program at the University of Waterloo, Ontario). See http://www.philipbeesleyarchitect.com/

NSCAD Jewellery Department has been the college pioneer in 3D visualization software with the use homer web cam of JewelCAD and Rhino as part of coursework. Rapid prototyping and lost wax casting is used to produce CAD creations, with some outside CNC milling. Until the arrival of our ZCorp printer, Jewellery students have shipped files to private companies that print jewelry prototypes for them. The achievement of fine detail remains a question for jewelers and specific RP equipment.

In sarah 26 nyc interracial dating our Product Design Department, a recent addition to NSCAD’s Design Division, faculty member Glen Hougan has begun experimenting with ZCorp prints in thematic work on health and aging issues. First prints were non-working models of asthma atomizers.

In a separate federally funded research initiative, NSCAD colleague Robin Muller has acquired a Dimension Printer (outputting ABS plastic), for exclusive use on a ‘Smart Textiles’ initiative. Electronic fabric is interwoven with lights, sensors and actuators to be responsive to sound, movement, sunlight and touch. These prototypes are developments in curtains, free standing walls, theatrical backdrops, and hung wildcat12788 dating photo profile ceilings for tensile roofs.

NSCAD University has committed to supporting faculty in research partnerships outside the institution (see http://www.nscad.ns.ca/research/research_centres.php). This is a innovative direction for a ‘stand alone’ art school, which we hope will create unique opportunities for faculty and students, which may allow for new kinds of research or project-based MFA studies in the future.

More Software

I recently came across another free software tool for CAD/3d design. The software is called CoCreate by PTC, which offers both a commercial and a free personal version. The interface looks pretty straight forward and the software on the whole reminds me of another tool in this category called Alibre Design. Both tools seems to take a similar approach, offering a free application to attract people into the 3d market, while maintaining a more traditional CAD-like approach. I find this approach to be less intuitive than other tools that do not follow so closely to the CAD tradition, such as Rhino, Form Z, and Google’s SketchUp, which is, technically, more of a visualization tool than a true modeling program.

In any case, both CoCreate and Alibre Design Xpress have the potential to be good, free tools, attracting new comers to the 3d fabrication arena.

MICA Tools/ Toys

For both future use (at the proposed workshop, fall 2009) and probably here and there during this whole this project here are some links to the Art Tech Center and the tools that I can make available to you at MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art):

http://www.mica.edu/tss/printing/3dprinter/

http://www.mica.edu/tss/printing/lasercutters/

there is also a Roland GX-300 vinyl cutter that is available

Each link talks about the software and file type that works with the machines, and vector files (Illustrator) are used for the vinyl cutter) At this point I’ve been trained in on both the vinyl cutter and laser cutters, posts about future materials testing on these machines and applications for the 3-D printer  will be upcoming…

(thanks for the prompt Forrest)

Art of Illusion

Another piece of nifty 3D modeling software. Open-source. Runs on Linux, OS X, and Windows.

Quote from the website:

Art of Illusion is a free, open source 3D modelling and rendering studio. It is written entirely in Java, and should be usable on any Java Virtual Machine which is compatible with J2SE 1.4 or later.

The current version is 2.6, released April 30, 2008. This version is both stable and powerful enough to be used for serious, high end animation work. Many of its capabilities rival those found in commercial programs. Some of the highlights include subdivision surface based modelling tools, skeleton based animation, and a graphical language for designing procedural textures and materials.

http://www.artofillusion.org/downloads

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