Makerspace: Personal Fabrication

Session Offered: Session 3

Learn what personal fabrication means within UConn’s Learning Community Innovation Zone (LCIZ). Work with Joe Luciani, a designer and prototyping specialist who has built a career designing meaningful experiences with hands-on strategies.  This is an open project where students will be encouraged to explore new skill sets and use those skill sets to tell a story around solving a problem.

Students will learn about creative problem solving through design iteration and digital fabrication utilizing rapid prototyping techniques such as 3D printing, Vinyl Cutting, Laser Cutting, and CNC machining.

Over the course of the week, students will learn how to prototype an idea and how the digital world can help us fabricate and build out our ideas.  We will focus on the convergence of software and hardware through an introduction to CAD (computer aided design) software and CAM (computer aided manufacturing) languages the hardware uses to instruct its movements in building out our creative solutions. We will gather knowledge of how digital fabrication can enhance how we make things and gather an understanding of the limitation of both our digital work and traditionally handcrafted objects.

Join us in UConn's LCIZ - a space designed for students to create, invent, tinker, explore, and discover using a variety of tools and materials.

Faculty: Joseph Luciani, project specialist for Tech Park.  Please see Joseph's Instagram page for more projects that he has worked on. 

Lab Fee: $60.00