Welcome to 3D Modeling & Manufacture at HSCL!  

Technology has advanced at an astounding pace over the past 20 years thanks in large part to computers and the expanding wealth of knowledge that is shared online every day.  People are becoming less and less reliant on professionals for their needs because, in many cases, we can  go online and get the information we need to repair the brakes on a bicycle, create a website, or replace the hard drive in a computer.  So while it has become easier for people to take on the kind of work typically resigned to service professionals, most people still are unable to create their own goods. 

That's all changing.  Over the past 5 years,  The barriers to manufacturing - which include tools, design, years of training, and funding - have been dissolving as well.  Machines such as 3D printers and laser cutters have dropped dramatically in cost.  This has helped cultivate a growing community of inventors, tinkerers, and hackers who are building products that are remarkable in their build quality and complexity.  Just as it was before the Industrial Revolution, manufacturing is being placed back into the hands of the people.  

The purpose of this class is to develop the conceptual understanding and skills of 3D design.  Why?  the manufacturing process starts with physical design.  And more and more, products are being designed with Computer-Assisted Design (CAD) software.  After establishing a solid foundation in 3D design, we will learn how to design for printing in  3D.   And once we are exposed to these tools, we'll be able to unleash the full potential of 3D printing and computer-assisted manufacture.  These are vital 21st century skills, ones that will only become more important in the future.  

We're creating a new community and a new way of learning here at HSCL.  It's an exciting time to be here!