A wide shot of a ceramics studio, featuring students working with pottery wheels and other tools.

CNC for Furniture

DES OB 3060 001

Faculty: Gene Munger

Digital output has revolutionized the way we conceive of making. This course explores ways of integrating the CNC (Computer Numeric Control) milling machine into art/design fabrication processes. Enabled by 3D modeling the class explores how and when to utilize the CNC machine in addition to more traditional approaches to making. This class consists of demonstration, discussion, and open shop time to develop CNC based projects. We discuss CNC technology and tooling, materials, as well as the aesthetic of CNC output. This project-based course develops CNC proficiency, and will enable students' ability to design for digital output.

Due to the learning curve necessary to effectively utilize the CNC, this course (or AIADO 5004) will serve as a prerequisite to access the CNC. Rhino is our primary interface for CNC output and RhinoCam is utilized for tool-path generation. This course requires students to have a laptop that meets SAIC's minimum hardware specs and runs the AIADO template. Current industrial applications of CNC production will be discussed as well as other resources that can be utilized in conjunction with the CNC mill. The beginning exercises introduce students to the various milling types. Later projects allow the exploration of form development through prototyping. A final project incorporates the CNC mill into student's working practice.

Prerequisite: DES OB 3124 or DES OB 3126