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A total of 12 people took part this fall in Introduction to Design for Digital Fabrication, the first in a series of three classes.
Class members, over the course of three evenings at the library, learned the basics of 2D and 3D computer assisted design and modeling using free, Web-based software. Then they went to the Discovery Center Fab Lab in UW-Stout's Applied Arts Building to learn about the lab's equipment: a minimill, vinyl cutter, laser engraver, router and 3D printer.
The lab, which opened in February 2013, is part of a global network organized to encourage innovation and design through modern means and to emphasize collaboration and creative problem-solving.
Fab labs were introduced more than a decade ago by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Bits and Atoms.
The Discovery Center, UW-Stout's umbrella organization for applied research, outreach and economic development, established the Fab Lab with the assistance of a multiyear $520,000 Growth Agenda award from the UW System.
The second class in the series will be offered in January, with the opportunity to do more hands-on learning. The third class, How to Build Almost Anything, will set the stage for bringing ideas to life. The first class is a prerequisite for the second and third classes.
Another series of three classes may be offered in the near future. For more information, contact Terese Wentworth at UW-Stout, 715-232-2793.
For more information about the Fab Lab, go to the website.