DigiFab: Introduction to Digital Fabrication

DigiFab: Introduction to Digital Fabrication

Kadenze Academy

Have you ever wanted to learn how to design and fabricate parts for custom furniture? Do you want to 3D print baked goods in your spare time? This 3-course Kadenze Academy Program, developed in collaboration with leading design and manufacturing software company Autodesk, explores modern skills in digital object design. This knowledge will kickstart your process for a broad range of projects in creative design, robotics, 3D modeling and documentation, rapid prototyping and manufacturing.

You’ll learn from multidisciplinary maker and CalArts faculty member Michael Darling, who will teach you how to translate your ideas into 2D and 3D forms with industry software workflows using Autodesk Meshmixer, Autodesk Fusion 360, and Adobe Illustrator.

Paired with foundational knowledge of machines, hardware, and materials, these powerful tools will allow you to use laser cutting, CNC routing, 3D printing, and many other CAM-based equipment to create physical objects for your artwork and commercial products. No matter your skill level, by the end of the Program you will be able to translate whatever you design on a computer screen into tangible reality.

Learning Outcomes

  • In this program you’ll not only learn software skills, but also develop an adaptive mindset for working with machines, hardware, and materials to ensure that your creative designs can be turned into tangible realities.
  • Learn digital fabrication techniques, including the practical software skills you’ll need in Autodesk Fusion 360 and Meshmixer.
  • Learn to create basic and complex objects, while developing your technical design knowledge and a deeper understanding of materials and hardware.


3 Courses
12 Sessions / 6.0 hours of work per session
126 Lesson videos
Course 1: Introduction to Digital Fabrication and Technical Design Starts Apr 3, 2018
  • Session 1: What Is DigiFab?
  • Session 2: Pre-Fabricating: Measurement & Hardware
  • Session 3: Materials for Fabrication
  • Session 4: 2D Joinery Techniques
Course 2: DigiFab 2D: Laser, CNC and Waterjet * Starts in 4 days
  • Session 1: Adobe Illustrator: Finding your Path
  • Session 2: Adobe Illustrator for Laser Cutting
  • Session 3: Introduction to Autodesk Fusion 360
  • Session 4: Autodesk Fusion 360: Flat Pack Nesting and Hardware Integration
Course 3: DigiFab 3D: How and When to 3D Print * Starts in 5 days
  • Session 1: Introduction to 3D Printing
  • Session 2: Autodesk Fusion 360 Sculpt Workspace
  • Session 3: Learning Autodesk Meshmixer
  • Session 4: Rendering and Drafting with Autodesk Fusion 360
* Program exclusive course

Featured Coursework


Skill Level : Beginner

  • Software:
    • Autodesk Slicer ( Free)
    • Autodesk Fusion 360 (Free)
      • Students should download Fusion 360 via a free, 3-year educational license, from this page.
    • Autodesk Meshmixer (Free)
    • Adobe Illustrator
    • *You will need administrator privileges on your computer in order to download software.
    • *You will be required to sign up for an Autodesk account in order to download software.
  • Equipment:
    • Access to paper printer
    • Digital caliper
    • Exacto knife
    • 2 button mouse with scroll wheel to equipment
    • This class will be using a print service to make our projects, but if you have any DigiFab equipment at your disposal (a makerspace or college fablab) you will be able to explore deeper.
  • Materials
    • Cardboard
    • Repositionable spray adhesive
Upon completion you'll earn
  • A verified Specialist Certificate that prove you completed the Program and mastered the subject.*
  • A verified course Certificate for each individual course you complete in the program.*

* Each certificate earned is endorsed by Kadenze and the offering institution(s).

Price: $44 USD * ($500 USD)

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