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Minor / Specialization in Digital Fabrication 2019

There are many different digital fabrication techniques, but the essential characteristic that unifies them is that digital machines can be programmed to make consistent products from data driven designs. At our RhinoFabStudio you will be able to use the latest inventive technologies such as 3D printing, computer controlled CNC milling and routing, and laser cutting to produce three-dimensional work. You will be able to obtain an appreciation of how digital fabrication can be an operator of your creative ideas, developed through generative 3-D modeling to your final fabricated product.

The Minor Specialization in Digital Fabrication is intended for students and teachers with creative backgrounds: designers, architects, artists, engineers, and other professionals of associated fields. The Digital Fabrication Program involves introductory as well as advanced courses in 3-D digital modeling with Rhino 3D, generative and data driven modeling with Grasshopper, physical computation and interaction, as well as hands on manual fabrication. An assignment process is developed where students and teachers get matched together to promote growth. Teachers acquire skills that students want and at the same time, students develop critical thinking, discipline and self-confidence to develop their portfolios.

By completing this program, the participant will earn either a Minor (students) or a Specialization (teachers) in Digital Fabrication. The participants can also apply to become a certified AR(Authorized Rhino Trainer since the course includes the Rhino Level 1 and 2 trainings and certification exams. In addition, attendees will cover the initial requirements to open and operate a RhinoFabStudio ( Each section of the program will include exercises to enable participants to develop projects within their own specialty or crossing boundaries between several fields. The highlight is based on the progress of individual strategies to understand, consolidate and manipulate two-and-three dimensional forms.


- If you are a student and want to take our Minor as credits for your internship for your school, you will need to get an approval from your school first, and send it to us.

- If you are a teacher and want to take our Specialization as credits of your continuing professional education for your school, you will need to get an approval from your school first, and send it to us.

RhinoFabStudio: All our equipment is on site for our students to use during this period. They should be

able to handle and operate each of the digital machines, as well as to know all the safety around them.

Group sizes: At our RhinoFabStudio, there is a minimum of 4 and maximum of 8 students per class.

Watch: You can view some of the projects made by our students during this program at: RhinoFabStudio’s TV Channel


The Progam complements the attendee’s major field of study within their design discipline. 

MINOR (students) / SPECIALIZATION (teachers)


  • Level I – NURBS Modeling with Rhino 5.
  • Level II – Advanced Rhino 5.
  • Learn how to use a laser machine with many different materials.
  • Nesting: introduction to optimizing your material by finding the "best fit" of shapes to cut and taking into account the specifications of the medium.
  • Cutting and assembling projects on 2-D and 3-D.
  • Rendering Training  ( Rendering software TBA: Brazil, Flamingo nXt, V-Ray, other).
  • Overview of CAMTASIA, to make your videos during this semester.
  • Introduction to Grasshopper 101.
  • Grasshopper 102, parametric design (Data Driven Design) for generative modeling.
  • Digital Fabrication with a 3-D Printer, and exploration of material behavior. Participants will be able to print water tight STL files.
  • Reverse engineering and metrology, using a 3-D arm to capture and compare measurements.
  • Digital Fabrication CNC / CAM with a CNC 3 axis router with RhinoCAM 2016.
  • Introduction to Paneling Tools for Grasshopper.
  • Python for Rhino, introduction to scripting with Python.

Course Registration: Starts May 6th, 2019

Classes Start in Miami: August 12th, 2019

Classes End in Miami: November 7th, 2019

Final Presentation: November 8th, 2019 - Digital portfolio, videos, pictures and 3-D models.

Online Introduction Meeting: An online meeting will be held for students prior to the start date in Miami (approx. 10 hour meeting). Students will meet and great their Instructor(s), and get their first assignment(s). Students will also have time to have their questions answered.
Lectures and tutor support (classroom): 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Monday - Thursday*
Personal projects; independent work (classroom or at home): 4:00 – 5:30 pm or Fridays: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm (reservation of classroom required)

*When workshops are scheduled with other professionals, the classroom schedule is usually from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm including Fridays.

Investment: Price: USD $3495*
*Additional Course Materials and Services Fees $495

Hours: 400+ Credit Hour Course!

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