Make It Digital - Modern Fabrication for Products and Fashion

, Owner/Industrial Designer at 40WestID

This two-week intensive workshop is designed to walk you through all of the steps involved in design and production of 3D printed wearable designs. Shoes, hats, jewelry and even clothing can be produced.

Another session is coming in June! Please subscribe to the class, and you will be notified when the dates are posted.

Taught by Industrial Designer Aaron Trocola and Fashion Designer Heidi Lee. Both instructors will be present for all sessions.

This course is an expansion of the "Foundations of 3D Printing, and Introduction to 3D Modeling" class taught at the Skillshare school of Shapeways for more than 2 1/2 years. In addition to a comprehensive review of digital fabrication, you will get hands-on, personal instruction with a variety of 3D modeling tools, with a specific focus on jewelry and wearable products. You will interact directly with nearly all of the available 3D printing materials to learn their properties, when to use them, as well as costs and limitations. There are also sections on 3D scanning, finishing printed models, and finally packaging and presentation.

In six days of evening lessons, students will learn the state-of-the-art in digital fabrication from two designers immersed in the field. The following topics are covered:

  • Create jewelry from scratch using multiple types of software, learning the program in the context of product and fashion design.
  • Create a High-heeled shoe design with Rhino, using our provided template as a guide. You can keep this template and sell original shoe designs built from it.
  • Digital textiles and wearable structures - How are they created and what are their limits?
  • Materials and processes for 3D printing and other advanced fabrication methods.
  • 3D graphics foundations, types and techniques of 3D modeling.
  • Various 3D modeling tools using polygons, surfaces and solids.
  • 3D scanning using both high-end white-light scanning and free photogrammetry software
  • Processing of scan data to create custom-fit wearable designs.
  • Preparing models for 3D Printing.
  • Learn how to combine 3D printing with traditional techniques for the best of both worlds.
  • Finishing and Packaging of completed products.

We will also hold optional on-location day trips on the 11th, 12th, 13th, 18th and 19th. This is a great chance for out-of-towners to immerse themselves in the best that New York has to offer. The cutting edge fashions and high-tech companies in Manhattan make it an epicenter of design in the 21st century. Day trips will be held from 2pm to 4pm, giving you a long break before attending the class at 6:30pm. Trip locations are provided with registration to the class.

This class is taught by both Aaron Trocola and Heidi Lee.

H E I D I L E E Designer Bio:

A RISD Graduate and recipient of the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Accessory Design Award in 2012, H E I D I L E E is an avant-garde couture designer and artist that currently works and lives in New York City. Her work challenges and summons the viewer on a universal level, as if a mythological mind/storyteller walks among us now. Not just borrowing from past aesthetics, she builds on a cosmology that links the modern world with our past. Her and her hats have been featured in VOGUEVWElleDazed & ConfusedMTVNYT, Shapeways and The Creators Project. Most recently, she led a sold-out workshop of 50 people at the Brooklyn Museum creating fascinators inspired by the Exhibition The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk. 

See below for Aaron Trocola's teacher profile.

Prerequisites
Having some design or editing experience (with Adobe products, for example) is recommended to get the most from the class. We will sample a variety of software, which will be provided. You will need to bring your own laptop (Mac or PC) along with an external mouse and charger.
Schedule
  • Introduction to Digital Fabrication

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    This first half of the first session establishes the scope, structure and goals of the workshop, and introduces the concepts we'll be studying. Digital fabrication brings amazing capabilities, and quickly bring you up to date on what's possible today. This section also introduces the instructors and students in an informal yet professional setting. Snacks and beverages will be provided.
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  • Survey of Digital Fashion with Heidi Lee

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    Fashion designer Heidi Lee will carry you through the explosion of forms and torrent of new ideas arriving with all the possibilities afforded by digital fabrication processes. Some of the biggest names in fashion are augmenting their processes, and rising stars are making names for themselves with their revolutionary approaches to design.
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  • 3D Printing Materials and Processes

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    Starting with a top-level description of the technologies used in various processes, we'll look at how the materials characteristics and print quality will affect your designs. We'll cover issues like durability, flexibility, finish quality, food safety and more. Dozens of samples of 3D printed materials in virtually all categories will be on hand to experience - and even test destructively.
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  • Applications for Digital Fabrication

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    3D Printing is amazing and powerful, but it is a method that is best applied with a knowledge of its strengths and weaknesses. We'll lay out some important characteristics of the method and ideal scenarios for use of 3D printing.
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  • Software Intro - Basics of 3D Modeling Tools

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    We'll start out with the basics. What to expect from modeling interfaces, working with units, tools that are shared between programs, and the most common formats used by various software and services. We'll also discuss the various types of software available in each category at each level, from free to professional.
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  • 3D Modeling with Polygons and Solids (jewelry exercise)

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    We'll start out with the basics, first make rings in a polygon modeling application, then some more complicated bangles with subdivison modeling.
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  • Shoe Modeling with Surfaces and Solids

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    In this exercise we will be introduced to workflows for surface and solid modeling, the methods traditionally used by professionals for product design. We will create an original high-heeled shoe design based on a shoe template. You will keep this template and will be able to make and sell your own unique shoe designs.
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  • Commercial Fashion-tech with Heidi Lee

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    There are a number of successful products on the market that integrate technology and fashion. New modular electronics technologies make it easier than ever to design and build your own functional technologies with as much capability as any large corporation. We'll examine the current and future markets with an eye toward participation.
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  • 3D Scanning for Wearable Design

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    3D scanning allows the easy digitization of complex organic forms like the human body. There are a variety of technologies and solutions available that we'll review. We'll work with the highest quality 3D scan data, as well as show you how to capture and edit your own scans using free tools.
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  • Product Finishing Workshop

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    In this hands-on session we'll learn what it actually takes to achieve quality results from 3D printing. Some materials are good-to-go right out of the machine. Some will need a little TLC. You can offload finishing to services or do it yourself, but either way you need to understand your options and what's involved. We'll cover coating, resins, sanding, priming, painting, assembly and fastening.
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  • Packaging, Branding and Marketing with Heidi Lee

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    The final stage of getting your product to market. You'll need to package and then present your work through appropriate channels. We'll cover some of the most effective venues for sales, promotional content, photography, and social media strategies.
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Aaron Trocola

Owner/Industrial Designer at 40WestID

Aaron Trocola is a teacher and industrial designer who has been creating 3D designs and working with technology start-up companies for over 15 years, and has more than 20,000 hours of 3D modeling experience in CAD, animation and visualization. He helped develop one of the first volumetric display technologies more than a decade ago, and more recently works as a product designer, teacher, and as a reverse-engineering technician replicating aerospace components.  Specializing in additive manufacturing since 2008, he has scanned or designed, then personally printed and finished, hundreds of 3D products using a variety of printing and scanning technologies. Aaron enjoys sharing his passion for 3D design with others and helping them get the satisfying feeling that comes with the ability to create whatever they imagine.

He offers product design and consulting through 40WestID and in 2011, expanded upon his work in 3D printed wearable designs customized from 3D scans with his Digital Apparel brand ThreeForm.

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