Digital Modeling & Fabrication Track

Introduction

Whether you have visited the Co-Lab studios and have been dying to use our equipment, or just heard of our 3D printers and wanted to know what else you could do with us, this is the place for you! This track on Digital Modeling & Fabrication focuses on teaching you how to leverage the different tools found around the studios. From simple quick "get your started" tutorials on 3D Printing or how to launch the laser cutters, to learning how to create your own 3D models using various pieces of software, or getting to know how to make graphics to laser engrave or CNC, or just having fun with power tools, you name it, we offer it!

Upcoming Roots Sessions

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Exercises

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Getting Started: Laser Cutting

Laser cutters are powerful tools in the Innovation space that use a laser like a knife to either engrave or cut objects.  In this series, you can expect to learn about laser cutters, how they work and how to use them.  

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Quick Start: Epilog Laser Cutters

A Quick-Start style guide for using the Epilog Laser cutters in the CoLab Studios.

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CNC Router: Feeds and Speeds

When programming CNC routers, the speed you move your cutter through the workpiece is a critical variable. There are many free "Feeds and Speeds" calculators if you don’t want to think about it. But, if you prefer to understand the underlying concepts, check this out.

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Basic Drilling and Milling

Mill / Drills are a great combination product that gives the user the functionality of a heavy drill press and a light mill.  In this training we'll discuss how to use this machine effectively. 

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3D Printing

3D printing at Duke is designed to be simple and accessible.  It's our belief that there should be as few barriers between the designer and the hardware as possible.  With that in mind, we have created this primer for accessing and using the 3D printing portal that powers the CoLab and many of our other partner labs. 

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Inactive Courses

These are courses that we've offered in the past, and hope to offer again in the future. Check back again soon to see if we have a session planned for these courses, or sign up for our newsletter to hear when we announce new opportunities.

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Intro to Procedural Modeling via Houdini

Houdini is a top choice in the world of Hollywood VFX (visual effects). When you see giant battle scenes, giant explosions you are probably seeing the output of Houdini. We are going to start from the basics though, in this introductory workshop and work on making some static procedural models. By making our models procedural, we can easily move a slider, and our model will "rebuild" itself based on the new parameters.

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Make Your First Silicone Mold

Take a positive 3D modeled shape to create a negative silicone mold which you can then use for future projects, including soap making or other casting.

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Make Your Own Candles

Candles... they provide light, sometimes they smell good too. Whether you like the aesthetic, or are trying to go back to simpler times, learn the joys of casting, by creating your very own candles!

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Make Your Own Soap

Join us in this fun arts and crafts class where we learn how to make sudsy bars of usefulness. We’ll also learn how modern tools like 3D printing and online chemistry calculators can improve on this age-old process.

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Intro to ShopBot & V-Carve

Learn how to use our ShopBot CNC routers at our Rubenstein Arts Center location.

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Introduction to Toolpathing in Fusion360

We will demystify the world of computer aided manufacturing by leading the class through three examples of water jet cutting, CNC routing and CNC milling with CAD models provided.

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Onshape Certification Preparation

In this final class we will review concepts from previous Onshape workshops and focus on items specifically addressed within the test.

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Laser Cutting with Illustrator

Come to this class to learn 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.

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CNC Milling

Let’s use robots to make stuff! Computerized cutting, called CNC, is a process of automated tools to make repetitive cuts that ultimately reveal the object you wish to produce.

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Make Simple 3D Models with Fusion360

This class will focus on the learning basic modeling concepts using the Fusion360 tool.

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When Pumpkins Meet Power Tools

Ever wondered what it would be like to apply power tools on a pumpkin? This fun workshop aims to both prepare you for Halloween and offer a relaxed and stress free introduction to the Co-Lab's power tools.

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Create Your First 3D Models with OnShape

Come learn core concepts of 3D design including sketching, constraints, parametric concepts, extrusion etc.. and make your first 3D model using OnShape.

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Resin Art - Basic Casting

Popular for making everything from jewelry, to dishes, to decorating counters and more, learn the basics of using Epoxy Resin to make beautifully expressive and unique artworks. 

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Create Your Second 3D Models with OnShape

Learners explore Onshape, an agile, cross-platform, cloud modeling application that can be used to easily produce infinitely  configurable parts.

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Medical Segmentation with Slicer

This course introduces participants to the basics of medical images and teaches how to generate three-dimensional models from two-dimensional DICOM (medical) images.

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