DIGITAL FABRICATION & IMPLICATIONS FOR K-12 ART EDUCATION By Shaunna Smith
Digital Fabrication A design process that involves the creation of vector-based designs which are cut on fabrication machines. Using subtractive methods, this process is primarily based on the concept of designing aggregate pieces that are then assembled to create a 3D structure. (AKA “Fabbing”, “FabLab”)
digital fabrication process Explore Concepts
Positive & Negative Space
Porosity & Repetition
2 D digital fabrication + public art Bray’s Crossing: New Hope Housing
K-12 CULTURAL PAPERCRAFT 2 D Papercraft & Cultural Expression: Design a paper cut out that expresses a cultural theme This lesson allows for exploration in comparing and contrasting Mexican PapelPicado and Polish KurpieWycinaki …two similar cultural expressions from opposite regions of the globe. Inspiration: Bray’s Crossing New Hope Housing Relatable: Students can relate to such objects either by being a part of the Mexican American culture or by seeing them integrated as decoration around town. This allows for deeper cultural exploration, as well as positive and negative space, and other design elements and principles.
3 D digital fabrication + public art New Grotto
3 D digital fabrication + functional design Dornob Flat-Pack Furniture
K-12 PROBLEM-BASED LEARNING 3 D Recyclable Functional Design: Design a functional chair out of recyclable cardboard This lesson in real-world digital fabrication design involves the ability to design 2D aggregate pieces to create something that is greater than the sum of its parts. Inspiration: Dornob Flat-Pack Furniture. Relatable: We all have furniture, therefore this is something that is easy for students to relate to. Linking it to social issues, such as recycling and functional design allows students to explore ways to creatively think outside of the box and explore modern design.