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The MakersLab gives our students the opportunity to design and prototype in an interactive and creative space on both the Midrand and Greenside Campuses. Architects, interior, multimedia and graphic designers and even engineers are often tasked to create innovative products under the umbrella of the overall design project. With this in mind, The MakersLab also offers several standalone courses that can help develop skills in entrepreneurial furniture and product design which can be added to existing engineering, architectural, interior, graphic or multimedia design courses.
Additive manufacturing can be tested here and pushed towards understanding the composition of forms, material-use and the final application as additive manufacturing holds many benefits in the fabrication and construction industries.
This is a tool with many applications and can allow the student to combine both 3D Printing and laser cutting into the CNC environment where surface removal techniques will allow us to generate high quality finishes, complex geometries, and precise final interpretations.
The precise removal of material from a surface allows us to generate flat pack designs that can be assembled on-site or in confined spaces. This tool allows us to experiment with the idea of the long known “Ikea” concept and apply this to larger scales.
Equipment such as drills, grinders and cutters are all available for students to use as part of the "Makers" process
Our Printing press is an ancient device that is used for applying pressure to an inked surface, resting upon a print medium such as cloth or paper, thereby distributing and transferring the ink to the medium. The printing press was used centuries ago to produce mass production of uniform printed material, this mainly includes text-based production of books, newspapers and even pamphlets.
Students will be exposed to design sketching principles and transferring these ideas to a digital platform using the modelling capabilities of Autodesk Fusion 360.
Students will learn to utilise a CNC router towards reductive form making and fabrication.
Students will be exposed to the use and application of additive manufacturing using 3D printers. This module will also cover the process of designing for moulds and the link between additive manufacturing and mould making.
Students will be taught how to represent their product to clients in various modes