5 Week Flat Pack Furniture Design and Fabrication

  • Location
    Plymouth College of Art, Tavistock Place
  • Date
    26.04.2018 — 24.05.2018
  • Time
    18:00 — 21:00
  • Fee
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You will design and fabricate a piece of flat pack furniture using an open-source customisable template. You will be guided through the application of 2D Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM). You will take home a scaled maquette from sheet acrylic, and a full-scaled machined birch plywood production model of your customised design.

The aim of this course is to provide an introductory grounding in the use of CNC machinery, through the application of 2D CAD. The course will place emphasis on how design by good working practice is achieved through understanding the logistics of machines, materials, tooling and post-machining processes. Through design and maquette making, participants will explore ideal fixtures and fabrication through top-down design & troubleshooting. It will provide essential inductions into working safely within the Fab Lab and 3D Workshop environments.

Location: Fab Lab Plymouth, Plymouth College of Art, Tavistock Place, PL4 8AT
Start Time: 18:00
End Time: 21:00
Start Date: 26/04/2018
End Date: 24/05/2018
Day: Thursday
Fee: £150

Course Content

Week 1

FabLab Induction & Ground Rules; Course Introduction; Software File Formats; Introduction to using Rhinoceros 5, pt.1.

Week 2

Designing Joints; Laser Cutter Induction; Introduction to using Rhinoceros 5, pt.2.

Week 3

The CNC ROUTER; Personal Furniture Design.

Week 4

Personal Furniture Design; CNC Routing.

Week 5

CNC Routing; Finishing; Concluding Discussion.

Materials and Equipment

All tools and materials are provided. Computer literacy is essential. Prior CAD experience is advantageous, but not required. For workshop based sessions please wear work clothing and closed toed shoes. 

Please note that all courses are subject to student numbers and will only run if sufficient numbers are achieved. Plymouth College of Art reserves the right to cancel a course if insufficient student numbers are recruited.

This course will be delivered by Owen Groombridge.

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