Laser Cutting with Illustrator

Whether you barely know Illustrator or have never touched the laser cutters (or you just want to come and make something with us) this class is a good starting point. In this class you will learn the basic use of Illustrator in regards to laser cutting while making a fun and easy project you will be able to take home with you. You will also be walked through the process of using the laser cutters in the lab so that next time you come by, you will know exactly what to do and how!

Note: Illustrator must be installed prior to this workshop. Duke students can download the software for free under the Adobe Creative Cloud link here:
https://oit.duke.edu/category/software
Faculty and staff can download a free trial of the software here:
Adobe Creative Cloud

This class assumes that you have opened Illustrator before and know where most tools are located in the interface, but you do not need extensive experience of the program.

Instructor:
Sandra Bermond | Innovation Co-Lab Program Manager
Sandra manages the Innovation Co-Lab roots program as well as teaches several workshops. She has a background in web design and front-end development, as well as a passion for artistic endeavors regardless of the medium.

This class will be hosted via Zoom. You will receive an email with the Zoom link a day before the class. Attendance will be taken and the session will be recorded.

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Session 1 | 01/29 - 1pm-3pm | Magnet Project
Let's make a fun little design that once cut can be glued on a small magnet, in order to create our own custom magnets. Alternatively, you can make this design into a custom pin.

Session 2 | 02/10 - 1pm-3pm | Box Project
In this session, we will work on designing a box to be cut by the laser. We will go over a few different designs, and opening mechanism. Of course, if we have enough time, we will also add a cute little raster design to customize the box.

Session 3 | 03/24 - 1pm-3pm | Jewelry Project
Let's design some earings, necklace pendant or ring! For this to work, we will have to keep size in mind and balance the amount of detail, as well as remember important requirements such as the holes needed to complete our designs.

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  • Illustrator

About Course

Outline

  • Intro to Illustrator
  • Finding an image or design
  • Creating a name tag in Illustrator incorporating the image or design chosen
  • Demonstration of the laser cutter in group of 4 or 5
  • Laser cutting of the name tags

Objectives

  • Navigate Illustrator
  • Know the basic rules for laser cutting (stroke size, coloring)
  • Know where to find information to use the laser cutter
  • Calibrate the laser cutter
  • Produce a laser cut piece
  • Have fun

Tools

Illustrator must be installed prior to this workshop. Duke students can download the software for free under the Adobe Creative Cloud link here:
https://oit.duke.edu/category/software
Faculty and staff can download a free trial of the software here:
Adobe Creative Cloud

Prerequisites

Having opened Illustrator at least once before this class is recommended as we will not go over the interface.

Attending Intro to Illustrator is suggested but not mandatory to those who have never used the app before.

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Interested in taking this class? Enroll in one of the sessions below!

3/24/2021

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Location: Online

22 seats left!

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This class is part of our Digital Modeling & Fabrication Track

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