As technology evolves, it is playing a bigger part in our everyday lives.

In this *free Digital Fabrication course, we can help you get up to speed and develop your skills so you are not being left behind. If you have an interest in technology, engineering, making, designing, crafting or creating in any way, this is definitely a course for you!

What is Digital Fabrication?

Digital Fabrication is the process of using a computer controlled machine to cut or draw out a specific design that has been created through computer aided design – or CAD.

What will you be doing on this course?

Following a tailor designed course, you will be guided through how to:
1: Use a computer software programme, called Inkscape, for you to create your own two dimensional (2D) computer aided designs, including how to appropriately use images from the internet in your own designs.
2: Learn how to transform your designs into suitable formats for vinyl cutting.
3: Learn how to use the vinyl cutter itself to cut out your design, before finally finishing off.

How long is the course?

As everyone learns at different speeds, the course is always delivered at your pace, over a minimum of 4 days.
Each day is generally ran 10am – 2pm with a short break for lunch, but if you want to stay longer or come in earlier, you are more than welcome to do so!

Who is it aimed at?

Training group sizes are kept to a maximum of 8 participants to make sure everyone gets enough 1-2-1 support from the tutor if they want it.
Anyone 16 years and over is able to register onto the course, enrollment sessions will be arranged to complete registration paperwork prior to the course beginning.

What Qualification will I gain from it?

This qualification is governed by Open College Network West Midlands.
On completion of all activities and your learning assessment portfolio, that we supply for you, you will be awarded a Level 1 Award in Digital Fabrication.

Are there any entry requirements?

Participants do not need any previous experience to come onto the course. It is suitable for complete beginners to those looking to further their current skills.
The only thing that is a benefit to participants is that they know how to navigate a computer and use a mouse correctly. This will help with creating your designs and moving around the software using different tools.
If you do not have basic computer skills, you may benefit from our basic IT sessions prior to completing the course.

Feedback from Previous Participants

– A really good introduction to 2D design and fabrication

– Good to be in the FabLab environment learning some new skills

– A useful introduction to vector drawing software and the FABLAB concept and facilities

– An enjoyable and worthwhile course, made so by the input and skills of the tutor

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