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3D Design Programs at the Lab

3D Design, Modeling, Printing, Sculpting, and more

3D design is the process of creating a 3-dimensional shape or object, usually using powerful software or web applications like Tinkercad, Blender, Maya, 3ds Max, and others. 3D computer graphics has been around for decades, but over the last 10 years, the growth in Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and 3D video games, the commercial and consumer industries have grown drastically. Whether it’s an electrician mapping out their electrical design, an automotive engineer designing a new engine component, or a realtor adding 3D models into an empty home, 3D assets & designs are in our lives nearly everyday.

There are many techniques that live within 3D design, whether it’s modeling, sculpting, printing, animation, and many more. The use cases, applications, and assets for 3D environments is growing, and it’s implementations are limitless. At Empow Labs, our 3D classes range from introductory, fundamental programs, to hands-on, how-to lessons. Whether you are new to 3D or are an experienced professional, we’re confident in giving you the instructional content you need to broaden your knowledge.

Student uses a 3D printer at Empow Labs

3D Design: Class Offerings

Introduction to Blender – 3D Creation Software

Intro to Blender: Class Overview This class will be a detailed overview of the 3D creation software, Blender. Details: Day...

Upcoming 3D Design Programs

Classes, Workshops, Demos, and more

3D Design: Program Details

What you’ll learn with 3D Design

  • Software UI: Workspace presets, 3D view navigation, menus, collections, properties
  • Creating primitives, transformations, applying transformations
  • Editing primitives, including the following tools: Extrude, Inset, Bevel, Knife, Loop Cut and Slide
  • Booleans using Bool Tool
  • Deleting and merging
  • Modifier – Array (using an Empty as an Object Offset)
  • Render modes in 3D view: wireframe, solid, Eevee, Cycles
  • Model together: a fire hydrant, using primitives, mesh editing, booleans
  • The 3D Cursor, Object Origins, Pivot Point
  • Snapping: Increment (Grid), Vertex
  • Modifiers – Mirror, Subdivision, Solidify
  • Sculpting basics
  • Using the Skin Modifier to create an armature
  • Dyntopo
  • Sculpting Tools – Clay, Clay Strips, Crease, Inflate, Snake Hook
  • Masking
  • Retopology using Retopoflow
  • UVs
  • 3D printer setup
  • 3D printer maintenance & troubleshooting

3D equipment / software at the Lab

  • Prusa i3 MK3S
  • Sculptris
  • Tinkercad
  • Blender
  • Maya

3D skills covered

  • 3D Design
  • 3D Modeling
  • 3D Sculpting
  • 3D Animation
  • 3D Printing

Join the Community

Empow Labs is a collaborative space opening in Spring 2019 for all interested in XR and emerging technology. If you’re interested in learning more with an empowered and inviting community, fill out the form and get updates about our grand opening.

Augmented Reality application at Empow Labs