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.
Explore the basics of CAD, computer aided designing, in this introductory class. Discuss project applications and learn design concepts while designing a project file for a small wooden box in VCarve Pro.
Building on concepts learned in CAD for CNC, learn the basics of CAM file design in VCarve Pro. Complete your wooden box file, and discuss toolpathing and other essential CAM concepts.
Adobe Illustrator is a vector graphics drawing and editing software, useful for creating files for digital fabrication at NextFab Studio. This introductory class will cover the interface, tools, layers, and more. By the end of the class you will be comfortable navigating the software. NOTE: Basic computer navigational skills are necessary to take and understand this class.
Need help working on your first file in Illustrator? This two hour session proivdes time for file review, improving and reinforcing of skills, and light expansion into Intermediate Illustrator usage. Come ready with your file or idea. Participants are strongly encouraged to take Intro to Illustrator or Illustrator for Laser Cutting and Engraving first, or have a basic foundation of Illustrator, as this is not a class that teaches the software.
NOTE: Basic computer skills are necessary for this class.
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.
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.
Learn how to use Rhino to create 3D models and plans for furniture design. Practice by drafting a coffee table, and exploring more complicated features not covered in our intro class.
Tours are the best way to get a sense of what our spaces are like, what capabilities we offer, and what a NextFab experience feels like. Plus, you’ll get to talk with NextFab staff members to help figure out how our studios can work for you.
Tours are offered at all locations at any time during our tour hours. No need to call ahead - just come on by. For groups of more than 4 people, please contact us to set up a scheduled tour time.