The Queen's Gambit Winter 2023

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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 Machine shop in the Hopper Science Center to print and finish these pieces in the styling of your choice. Post-production work may include added weights, and painting. We will meet three times a week for 2-hour sessions in the Hopper Science Center. The course will include in-class printing demonstrations, and digital problem solving to produce successful prints. Most printing will take place outside of class and will be your responsibility to complete. Chess boards will be provided for research and development and playing chess and the end of class 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 class-wide chess tournament will be hosted at the conclusion of the course. A 3-d printed trophy will be awarded. There is no prior experience in 3D design or playing chess required, but casually playing chess with peers is encouraged class time. Enrollment limited to 12 students. Cost to Student: $45 to cover printing and post-production supplies.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 12
Expected: NA
Class#: 1061
Grading: pass/fail only
Requirements/Evaluation: short paper and final project or presentation
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: N.A.
Unit Notes: Kim Faler is a visual artist working in a variety of mediums including digital programing and 3d printing. She received her MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art and has recently taught art at Mount Holyoke College and the University of Albany.
Materials/Lab Fee: $60
Attributes: EXPE Experiential Education Courses
SLFX Winter Study Self-Expression

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