The jewelry industry was one of the early adopters of 3D technology however until only recently, 3D modeling software has been expensive and with a steep learning curve. With the recent introduction of free, intuitive modeling softwares, anyone with a laptop and a Wifi connection can model their own, unique designs and have them made through the use of 3D printing, available through various online printing services.
What you will learn
In this 2-day Intro to 3D Modeling workshop, students will use Tinkercad, a free, browser-based 3D modeling software to create a custom ring of their own design which will be produced in metal through the use of 3D printing.
In the first class, students will be taught this easy-to-learn, intuitive 3D modeling software and will learn various modeling tricks suited for jewelry design, then students will have the opportunity to create the design for their own ring. In the second class, students will utilize their new-found modeling skills to 3D model their ring design with the guidance and hands-on demos from the instructor. They will also be shown how to use Shapeways.com, an online 3D printing service as a tool to continue fabricate their own designs in the future. The ring that each student designs will be made in brass or bronze (option for sterling silver with an additional fee) through the use of 3D printing. The class will meet on a third day to pick up the finished rings and get a brief 3D printing tour of the Shapeways headquarters in Long Island City.
Lizz has been working in the fashion industry for the past 11 years and is currently a full-time 3D modeler and technical designer for Tapestry, Inc, the parent company for the Coach, Stuart Weitzman and Kate Spade fashion brands. Lizz oversees the team responsible for 3D prototyping of hardware components and jewelry and much of her work can be seen in retail stores and on the runway for New York Fashion Week. She also has her own line of made-to-order jewelry which features quirky, statement pieces manufactured exclusively through the use of 3D printing.
NOTE: Students are asked to bring their personal laptop and an external, 2-button mouse, (ideally with a scroll wheel.)
No previous 3D modeling experience is needed! Beginners are welcome!
Where and When
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Where: CraftsmanAve Studio, 117B 11th street – Brooklyn, Gowanus.
Transportation: Take the F, G or R train to 4th Ave – 9th St station.
Or a short cab ride via Battery Tunnel from Manhattan.