The Queen's Gambit Winter 2022

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We live in an era of customization. Cars, shoes and even your shampoo can be customized to fit your specific needs. 3-D printing has now become a common tool for prototyping and production of complicated and precise forms that not only provide mechanical function but also joy. This course explores the language of design and creation by printing a chess set using 3-D printing and Fusion 360 software. Each student will use the Fusion 360 program to design a Pawn, Rook, Bishop, Knight, Queen and King forms in a style of their choosing. We will then work with the Makerspace to print and finish these pieces in the styling of your choice. Post-production work may include added weights, resin coating and/or painting. We will meet three times a week for 2-hour sessions in the Makerspace. The course will include in-class printing demonstrations, and digital problem solving to produce successful prints. Most printing will take place outside of class. Chess boards will be provided for research and development and playing chess will be strongly encouraged! Evaluation will be placed on the form and function of your finished chess board, as well as attendance and participation. A campus-wide chess competition will be hosted at the conclusion of the course. There is no prior experience in 3D design or playing chess required, but casually playing chess with peers is encouraged at the end of class time. Cost to Student: $35 to cover printing and post-production supplies.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 12
Grading: pass/fail only
Requirements/Evaluation: final project or presentation
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: via email
Unit Notes: Kim Faler is an interdisciplinary artist, working with sculpture, painting and installation and most recently, digitally produced works. Her art focuses on the everyday experience, and the emotional weight that is tied-up in functional objects. Outside her art practice, she is the Production Manager at Knockout Designs; fabricating, designing and assembling 3-D printed PLA and metal components for beer taps throughout the country. She lives with her husband and daughter in North Adams, MA.
Materials/Lab Fee: $35

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