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Introduction to Digital Fabrication and Technical Design

via Kadenze


Michael Darling—veteran maker and CalArts faculty member known for fabrication and technical design in theater, TV, film, and themed entertainment—teaches the first course of our three-part program DigiFab: Introduction to Digital Fabrication. This course will survey the basic history and techniques of digital fabrication - diving into the systems themselves as well as real world utilization. We’ll examine systems of measurement, considerations for hardware and material choices, and specific machine workflows. We’ll also get hands on with fabricating in Autodesk Slicer for Fusion 360 to provide insight on larger scale assembly, as well as how to prep for working with vendors, maker spaces, and print services.


  • 2D Joinery Techniques
    • This session we will be using Autodesk Slicer to make our first fabrication, and will provide insight on larger scale assembly.
  • Materials for Fabrication
    • This session will examine optimal materials and key considerations for specific machine workflows.
  • Pre-Fabricating: Measurement & Hardware
    • How do you design the impossible? This session will discuss the basics of systems of measurement, hardware, and adhesives.
  • What Is DigiFab?
    • How do we integrate digital fabrication into our workflow? This session uses history and industry examples to survey the basics of digital fabrication.

Taught by

Michael Darling


5.0 rating, based on 6 Class Central reviews

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  • Anonymous
    I really enjoyed the pace and delivery of the instructor of this course. The instructor is deeply experienced with many of the methods he covered and he provides many tips and tricks for those new to some of the techniques.
  • Anonymous
    This was an absolutely incredible class. I enjoyed every bit of it and the content delivery was superb. I definitely recommend this course to everyone interested in digital fabrication and the world of prototyping.
  • Anonymous
    It is an excellent course, where you learn very important aspects within the production process, applying quite useful and very useful tools within the industry.
  • Anonymous
    The course was very comprehensive and easy to understand. The instructors made sure that they are giving the information in a way that won't make me confused. Thank you so much for this great course!
  • Anonymous
    I really enjoyed the course. The way it is designed to catapult the beginners into the world of digital fabrication and applied resources is great. Prof. Michael Darling's method of breaking down the whole course into steps and then systematically explaining each parameter is quite helpful to establish a good fundamental viewpoint of the course and also to further continue with the next courses.
  • Anonymous
    very good thanks very impressive flow of course and not waited this kinda result. was my first time online course and happy to be in this workshop from the first experience . whink would be happy to continue other courses and programs for developing new skills and creating new interesting things and adding new skills to my portfolio

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