DIGITAL MODELING & FABRICATION PROGRAM
IYRS' Newest 9-Month Hands-On Education & Training Program in Newport, Rhode Island!
DESIGN — PROTOTYPE — BUILD — FABRICATE
Digital technologies are driving both 21st century manufacturing and the maker’s movement.
The Digital Modeling and Fabrication program at IYRS is a platform to develop the skills related to manufacturing, including product design, computer numeric control (CNC) machining, and additive manufacturing.
These makers’ skills include working in plastic, metal, composites and wood mediums, and provide a gateway to innovative design/prototyping companies or the CNC machine shop environment to meet the increasing role of technology in global manufacturing.
The Digital Modeling & Fabrication program’s unique curriculum approaches digital fabrication through the lens of craftsmanship enabling students to develop proficiency through hands-on training and unparalleled access to state-of-the-art equipment.
This lays the groundwork for individuals to become skilled practitioners, with a keen awareness of innovative approaches and outcomes. Because making and manufacturing are enhanced by the mastery and considered application of technological processes, IYRS students will graduate highly sought after in the job market.
Students will learn the SolidWorks interface, tool-set use and best practices in order to be proficient (to industry standard) in SolidWorks..
Students will learn the characteristics of the various file formats in which 3D designs may be saved and will utilize a wide range of straightforward and “light-lift” (easy-to-use) software platforms—such as Meshmixer, Fusion 360 and SketchUp—to support and streamline the use of the CAD SolidWorks tool. Students will learn to create “watertight” (3D mesh with no holes, cracks or missing features) 3D models.
Students will design three-dimensional models that may be produced as actual physical artifacts via Computer Numeric Control (CNC) and Rapid Prototyping (3D Printing).
Students will develop a foundation of design principles, theories and techniques to be used in the service of the creation of consumer and light industrial objects. Students will also develop processes for integrating ideation and iteration principles to develop and refine workflow process and designs, will show an understanding of aesthetic principles to create works that fundamentally engage the user, and will demonstrate an understanding of volume and space and learn how to use design-thinking strategies in workflow.
Students will demonstrate an ability to use online digital media, and apply web-based and mobile technology in workflow, artifact production, and design research methods.
Students will be provided an overview of the broad scope of basic machine shop principles and introduce the student to the machine shop environment, manual machining, turning tools and part holding methods.
After this introductory course, students will take a deep dive into computer-aided-manufacturing by exploring and understanding G and M code language, the CNC Machine Coordinate system, differences in various machine and equipment, develop knowledge of different CAD file formats, proper machining and turning methods, and MasterCam.
Finally, students will develop a working knowledge of controls for CNC Machining Centers, CNC Turning Centers and 2-Axis CNC Profiling Systems.
Students will be introduced to a suite of additive technologies tools, developing knowledge of the tool characteristics, best practices, maintenance, consumables/materials and tool tendencies.
Students will be introduced to various additive manufacturing tool interfaces and will be able to demonstrate the skills necessary to operate a suite of additive technologies tools. Tools will include: powder printing, stereo lithography, FDM (fused deposition modeling), polyjet printing and laser sintering.
Finally, Students will receive theoretical, technical and hands-on experience with do-it-yourself “tinkerer” technologies such as light electronics, sensors, data and user-friendly circuit boards such as Arduino and Raspberry Pi.
Industry Track #2: CNC & Additive Technology Technician
Join the inaugural cohort of motivated and creative individuals with a desire to explore, design, and build.
Working with the support of the Career Services staff, students develop a career plan beginning with identifying and securing an off-site externship.
"Highly motivated, we enjoy being here. We look forward to the weekend ending, which is completely the opposite of almost any other learning environment."
“There will be a lot of modern making going on in the Brooks Building, using advanced technology and materials like carbon fiber, composites and metals. Along-side our boatbuilding and restoration program that focuses on woodworking, we will have a full range of materials at IYRS.” - Terry Nathan, President of IYRS
"At IYRS your position as a student means that you have tools in your hands all the time. With the balance between production and learning, IYRS is a great environment to push your skill-set and learn from mistakes. Many on-the-job training environments are more based on profit and efficiency, which leads to less freedom when mistakes are made."