Learn the ins and outs of the software and design programs we utilize to take traditional manufacturing disciplines to the next level. Intro courses in Rhino, Adobe Illustrator, and Solidworks will give you the basis of computer-aided design (CAD) principles. CAD programs are incorporated into nearly every department here at NextFab – so with a basic understanding of how the software works, you can create anything you can dream up.
Through a combination of guided instruction and independent work, build on existing knowledge of Adobe Illustrator to create and design for laser cutting. Explore features that can be used for laser design including layer use, smart guides, bitmaps, clipping paths, compound shapes and kerf testing.
Building on the tools and concepts learned in CAD for CNC, this 2 part course offers the basics of CAM, computer aided manufacturing. Discuss toolpathing, registration, feeds and speeds, and other essential CAM concepts, as we explore the operations and simulations in VCarve Pro.
In this 2 part course, an overview of CNC technology and how it works will set you up for success, leading to an exploration in the basics of CAD, computer aided design. Discuss project applications and learn design concepts while designing a 2D vector file for a small wooden box, using the drawing tools in VCarve Pro.
Solidworks is CAD software that creates geometry for 3D parts and assemblies. Learn how to navigate menus and options, create sketches, and utilize different shape options to create custom geometries and dimensions. Extrude, cut, and fillet a sketch, and discuss how to change appearances and scenes to create professional looking renderings.
NOTE: This class is being delivered via remote video instruction, not onsite at NextFab. To participate you must have a working computer, speakers or headphones, and webcam. Your instructor will email you a link to the class half an hour before its start time.
Rhinoceros (Rhino) is 3-D modeling design software, commonly used by a variety of industries. Learn the basics of navigating and using the software, the various projects and design areas that benefit from the use of Rhino, and basic CAD principles. Work to design a basic project of your choosing, available as a file for personal use upon completion of class. NOTE: Basic computer navigational skills are necessary to take and understand this class.
Curious about what it takes to patent your idea? Join patent agent Scott Keeley for a beginner’s discussion on patent writing, application, and execution.