Make Furniture – 3D Design for Laser Cutting


Class size is limited to 6. Fee includes materials.

Time: Wednesdays, 7–9:30 pm, 6 classes, March 4 to April 8
Location: Technocopia, 44 Portland Street, Worcester

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This 6 class workshop will guide students through designing, laser cutting, and assembling a beautiful and functional display shelf to take home*. We will cover step by step basics of the parametric design workflow in Autodesk Fusion 360, and learn how to convert our 3D model into 2D files to be used with Technocopia’s laser cutter. Each class will provide an immersive hands on experience as we move between the design software, laser cutter, and assembly process. Each student will take home a version of the shelf unit pictured above.

Classes 1 – 2: Mini Shelf
Learn the basics of the Fusion 360 to laser cutter workflow in order to create a 3-piece shelf that will fit on your hand.

Classes 3 – 4: Tabletop Bookcase
Dig deeper into Fusion 360’s tools in order to increase your model’s size, add more parts, improve its structural stability, and customize it to your liking.

Classes 5 – 6: Assembly and Decoration
Laser cut and assemble your bookcase, and learn how to use the laser to engrave designs to beautify your new piece of furniture!

*Each student will be responsible for bringing in their own 24″ x 48″ sheet of plywood for their final product. How to choose plywood for laser cutting will be discussed in the first class.

Terms and Tools We Will Cover:

Default Units, User Parameters, Orthographic and Perspective Views, Components and Bodies, Sketch Dimensions, Collinear and Midpoint Constraints, Extrude, Mirror, Construction Planes, Display Settings, Timeline, Edit Feature, Material Appearance

The instructor, Adam Zelny, is a multimedia designer and educator in the fields of 2D and 3D CAD, digital fabrication, audio and video production, music, and design oriented art. As a part of Technocopia’s administration team, he has helped build the education platform for tool training and workshop programs, and actively teaches classes for laser cutter and 3D printer workflows. His role as an educator involves incorporating art into STEM oriented classes, crafting professional development workshops for fellow teachers, and using digital fab tools to learn and make useful things that look good. As a former board member, Adam played a role in relocating and expanding Technocopia’s facility and programs, and continues to volunteer his time to growing the makerspace.


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