How does DFR connect with residents online?

DFR uses the professional online meeting platform called Join Me, Google Hangouts and a variety of other video conferencing programs.  All residents have to do is click on the link provided by DFR for the meeting. All residents are recommended to connect using a direct ethernet connection, have up to date operating systems. We always encourage participants in online workshops and residents to familiarize themselves with the interface being used for the meeting. We are always happy to provide helpful web links that can help individuals get jumpstarted on understanding how to activate their webcam and audio to ensure a smooth connection. 

What materials are available for residents of the 3 Day Onsite and HYBRID program?

The amount provided many vary depending on the size and scale of the project. Below are materials provided listed by machine. If a resident wishes to bring materials to experiment, they are welcome to do so if the material is approved by DFR for use. The resident must make prior arrangements with DFR for delivery of materials and approval. Any questions regarding what materials are appropriate for use, contact DFR.

Digital Embroidery and Long Arm Automated Sewing Machine: White Muslin and an assorted range of upper thread colors, bobbin thread is white or black depending on supply. Stabilizers: tear away, water soluble, iron-on. Residents also have access to a basic sewing machine, needle felting machine and serger. Residents bringing their own threads or materials should consult with DFR prior to any machine use.  

3D Scanner: DFR uses a Structure IO scanner attached to an iPad mini that contains the necessary apps.

CNC Routing: Plywood, Foam 

3D Printing: FDM filament in ABS and PLA in white, grey or black. Resin printing from our Form 2 3D printer is at cost (cost is generally less than service providers such as Shapeways) unless otherwise stated or agreed to with the DFR team. 

Laser Cutting: Cardboard, Plexi-Glass (Clear), Lauan plywood 


I am applying to the an onsite Program. How do I find accommodations for while I am working at the Digital Fabrication Residency?

Digital Fabrication Residency studio facilities has moved to a new location in Wittman, Maryland which is a few miles from St. Michael's a famous waterfront village known for numerous hotels, Bed & Breakfasts in addition to other sources for accommodations as can be found by visiting the links mentioned below. Hotel chains such as Fairfield Inn, Best Western, Comfort Inn and other accommodations are available in the nearby town of Easton.  St. Michael's also includes a diverse range of restaurants, coffee shops, shops, boutiques and a pharmacy.  There are several Airbnb options in the area as well. To learn more about St. Michael's and nearby Easton, visit:

Other suggested websites to explore options for finding accommodations:

Eastern Shore Vacations


What if I am not sure if my project proposal fits with the DFR program?

We receive a wide range of project proposals that are everything from a very specific workflow that the applicant wants to learn so they can do a project or applicants who are looking to become more familiar with what is possible and get up to date on fabrication techniques. It is important you consider the program to which you are applying to before submitting your application. The 3 Day Program is an overview of learning software and machines to produce samples based on ideas you want to experiment with and not for full fabrication of artworks. There may be up to 4 residents onsite for the 3 Day Program. If you are interested in learning toward a very specific project and having time to develop skill-sets for developing a specific project, please apply to the Hybrid Program. There are up to 2 people onsite for the Hybrid Program. If you are thinking about applying to any of our residency programs but are not sure if your project proposal is appropriate, just contact us with the details and we will let you know if our program is a potential fit. 

Learn about the typical topics that are part of the DFR residency program.

I applied to DFR. When will I hear if I got in?

Both the 3 Day Onsite and Hybrid program are dependent on the availability of our team and machines. DFR is housed in Art Design + Fabrication, our art fabrication company so residency scheduling is dependent on our production schedule. We always try to respond to applications in a timely manner. If you have applied and have not heard from us after 2 weeks from your application being sent, please feel free contact DFR to check on the status of your application. If an applicant is accepted to this program, we setup an online meeting to discuss the project proposal and scheduling. We receive a high volume of applications and carefully review all applications. 


What software does DFR work with residents on?

During the residency we discuss many different software programs from simple to pro-level. Many of the pro-level software programs like SolidWorks is cost prohibitive for artists therefore we try to show residents programs that are reasonable or free to artists. If you work in education or are a student, many software programs are free or can be purchased at a discount. Below is a list of programs we discuss throughout the residency.

Fusion 360, SketchUp, Rhino, Modo, Z-Brush, SolidWorks, Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop, NetFab, Simplify 3D, 123 Autodesk programs, PE- Design, Embird, Art N Stitch, Vectrics Suite, Fusion 360 CAM and more...

What is the schedule like for the OnRamp Program?

The OnRamp Program has a set schedule for meeting. Participants who enroll join meetings on Tuesday and Thursdays at 12 PM EST. Workshops are generally 2 hours long. Participants are welcome to ask questions as the DFR team covers workflows and various other instructional materials.

What comes with the OnRamp Program?

The OnRamp Program consists of 2 week time block totaling 4 sessions. Each workshop generally consisting of 2 hours long presentation, discussion time and q&a opportunities. Digital output is not included in the enrollment fee. The OnRamp Program is an overview that covers how various software programs and machines work together to create workflows that are used for art fabrication. This ranges from 3D to 2D processes including CNC routing, laser cutting/engraving, 3D printing, 3D scanning, digital embroidery, long arm automated sewing and various other digital output options that are commonly used by contemporary artists.