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CAD Courses for Beginners in Rhino
The Beginners CAD course will cover the Rhino tools and commands that you need to know in order to make basic solid shapes. You will gain an understanding of the interface and how Rhino uses points, lines, surfaces and solids to create printable 3D objects.
This course is a great way to play with ideas and be able to create repetitive and complex geometric shapes and/or produce minimalist and elegant jewellery after only a weeks intense training. The course will also enable you to quickly sketch and compare different ideas in terms of size, weight-calculations and look. At the end of the CAD courses we usually explore rendering possabilities through KeyShot, creating realistic visuals of your designs pre-manufacture.
After completing the CAD course your understanding of how the software is structured will enable you to experiment with other tools on your own or progress to the fast paced Intermediate Course where you will learn how surface modeling works and how to create more advanced sculptural items. The intermediate course will give you a broad array of tools that will make your modeling faster and more extensive by giving you several different paths to achive the desired result.
Topics in the CAD courses include:
- Setting up the user interface and layer palette
- Points, Lines, Curves, Solids and how they correlate
- Turning curves and lines into solids and complex geometry through repetition
- Using text to create and engrave
- Minimum thickness and other limitations – Things to consider when casting items
- Meshing, checking and exporting – Making objects ready for the 3d printer
- Different 3D printers, different materials, different prices, different qualities
Day 1 – Skill level assessment
The first day I will try to get a feel for how much you all ready know. If you are a complete beginner I will go through the interface and explain how Rhino uses points, curves, surfaces and polysurfaces to create printable STL files. We will keep it basic and focus on 2D drawing.
Day 2 – Engagement ring, bombee ring and drop earring
We will look at using the tools in the surface menu to create a couple of rings and an earring. With these tools you will soon be able to make most simpler designs on your own. I will provide you with some gem shapes to import into Rhino and we will look at how you can size, scale and transform solids to make changes to your designs. We will discuss minimum tolerances for 3D printing and other good things to think about when modeling items for casting and mold making.
Day 3 – Bangle and own design
To conclude the course we will spend the majority of the day aiming to produce one of the students own designs and have a run through of designing a bangle with pattern / engravings on. Throughout the day the tutor will challenge you to find ways to accomplish your design by using the commands and tools you have been given thus far, commenting on ways to make the work flow smoother and all the little things that are so important to remember in the beginning of your modeling processes to avoid frustrations further down the line when your models near completion. It is often the last 10% that are as difficult as the first 90% when you want to create a master piece.
Apart from the 3 days of guided training the student is expected to maintain a certain level of self practice ( I suggest 10-15min daily ) and prepare design material if possible to make the exercises as interesting and close as possible to the students own aesthetic style.
(Student discounts available)