Learn how art and technology work side by side.

A private independent residency program run by Art Design Fabrication, a fabrication company dedicated to the digital craft of making art and design objects and installations for artists and designers.


All applications received will be placed on a waiting list for the next available residency session. Residency sessions are scheduled as our fabrication production schedule allows. We are no longer accepting residency applications. If you would like to receive updates on application deadlines and session availability please sign up for our email updates below.

 Image: 3 Day Resident Mimi Bai with DFR 3D Lab Head Erik Guzman

Image: 3 Day Resident Mimi Bai with DFR 3D Lab Head Erik Guzman

3 Day Onsite Program

Approved applicants will be placed on a waiting list for next available session dates.

  • Learn software workflows for creating files for CNC routing, laser cutting/engraving, digital embroidery, 3D printing, long arm automated sewing and more...
  • Produce a variety sample artworks on the machines to test new ideas and experiment.
  • Learn 2D and 3D fabrication techniques.
  • 3 Day Onsite is limited to 4 residents onsite at one time. 
  • Residency Participation Fee Applies


 Image: Dimensional Felting Demo with Textile Technology Head Kari Lorenson

Image: Dimensional Felting Demo with Textile Technology Head Kari Lorenson

Soft Sculpture Session

Approved applicants will be placed on waiting list for next available session dates.

  • Textile technologies and traditional fiber techniques.
  • 5 days of workshops onsite with process demonstrations and time for individual project development.
  • Digital Embroidery for artists. 
  • Long Arm Sewing/Quilting Machining Automated and Free Motion Methods (Bernina Q24)
  • Laser Cutting and Etching Textiles
  • Dimensional Felting
  • Pattern Construction Techniques
  • Individual Project Development with Open Studio Time.
  • Residency Participation Fee Applies (see application)
  • Maximum of 10 residents for this special 2017 Summer Program.
  • Dates: TBA

 Hybrid Program allows residents to explore individual concentrated projects using a variety of workflows.

Hybrid Program allows residents to explore individual concentrated projects using a variety of workflows.

HyBrid Program

  • Individual Project Development
  • Prototype ideas and experiment with workflows based on proposed project ideas.
  • Learn fabrication techniques best suited for your project. 
  • Learn how to develop machinable files based on your project for CNC routing, laser cutting/engraving, digital embroidery, 3D printing, long arm automated sewing and more... 
  • Hybrid Residents can receive ADF services with a 20% discount for a fully fabricated project resulting from the Hybrid Program.
  • Applicants can note preferred dates for residency on application.
  • Residency Participation Fee Applies (see application)


    The DFR team has decades of experience working with artists to translate ideas into 2D, 3D and 4D  artworks and installations. DFR's expertise in laser cutting, CNC routing, 3D printing, 3D scanning, digital embroidery, automated long arm sewing, digital textile printing, 3D prints to bronze casting and countless other processes from high-tech to traditional methods, set a foundation for creative ideas to flourish into unique artworks. We work with DFR residents to explore innovative approaches in the digital craft of making.  


    • Learn how to use the software to visualize a project idea for a grant, private commission, installation or public art proposals. Learn to render images of your proposed project in the location being proposed. 
    • Work through ideas and variations in less time. Some call it fail fast, we call it learning. Every project needs to be begin with testing out ideas. Building a maquette using the laser machine before you move to a larger scale or costly material. 
    • CNC processes like CNC routing and laser cutting provide a level of precision and engineering that can let the artist focus on the post production finishing. More control over professional presentation and craftsmanship in all aspects of the project.
    • Explore how digital embroidery and automated long arm sewing can be become your painting and drawing machines. From stitching on textiles to paper, felt and other materials, explore a new language of mark making.
    • Maximize the technology for efficient use of materials, weight estimates and other practical aspects of making. Create 3D printed prototypes for sculptures or elements of a object.
    • Working with a scalable platform. A digital file can be engineered to any size or scale.
    • Custom hardware, brackets or structural solutions modeled to fit the needs of the material and form. 
    • 3D scan a pre-existing sculpture or environment and create a 3D object from the scan data.
    • Play. Yes, play in the software! Discover new forms in your work. Explore materials and processes from the traditional to the unexpected.
    • Build a foundation of knowledge of how digital fabrication technology is aiding artists to experiment and create in new ways. Learn about traditional and technological advancements in studio based practices with fabrication specialists.

    Onsite Residency Programs:  


    For 3 days onsite the resident learns and gain hands-on experience with laser cutting, cnc routing, resin and FDM 3D printing, digital embroidery, automated long arm sewing and 3D scanning. Applications for the 3 Day onsite residency program must include a detailed project proposal that outlines what the resident plans to work on while onsite. Residents are responsible for arranging their own accommodations, travel expenses, meals and alternative materials if projects require materials outside of those provided.

    DFR works with residents in an online meetings prior to their onsite visit to figure out project needs and make sure residents can arrive and hit the ground running with their ideas. The project-based goals make the time onsite productive and rewarding. The resident can utilize the 3D fabrication studio and textile studio working directly with DFR staff to produce a variety a samples based on project-based goals. There are basic materials supplied and residents can send materials to be ready for their onsite visit. Residents can work extensively learning beside the DFR team during facility hours. After 3 days onsite the resident can add additional time at DFR studios for further idea development. Please see application page for details on residency participation fees.  Applicants must recommend their preferred dates on their application. There are no application fees to apply to our programs.

    Special 2017 Soft Sculpture Intensive

    This Soft Sculpture Intensive is open to artists with beginner to advanced experience and knowledge in both the textile technology we will cover and more traditional sewing, assembling experience. This special program is dedicated to exploring a balance of traditional techniques and how technology acts as an additional helpful tool for creating fiber based works.

    The 5 day intensive session will consist of daily tutorial hands-on workshops, individual project development and open studio time. There are up to 12 resident artists onsite for the Soft Sculpture Summer Intensive. Your application project proposal is critical for our planning and programing for this special intensive.

    Hybrid Program

    This competitive program offers artists and designers the opportunity to spend more extensive time at DFR 3D fabrication studio and textile studio working to develop ideas and learn workflows specific to proposed project ideas and goals. Project proposals must specifically outline project goals and learning objectives. This program includes 6 scheduled days onsite for residents with rudimentary to advanced level experience with digital fabrication technology. This program is ideal for planning artworks for exhibitions and to better understand implementation of this technology for larger scale projects (i.e. museum, gallery, art fair and other professional art venues). Travel, lodging, food and project expenses for materials outside of those provided are the responsibility of the resident. Please see application page for Hybrid Program residency participation fees and more details.

    What software programs are discussed in the residency? Fusion 360, SketchUp, Rhino, Modo, Z-Brush, SolidWorks, Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop, NetFab, Simplify 3D, 123 Autodesk programs, PE- Design, Embird, Vectrics Suite, Fusion 360 CAM and more...See Residency Workshop topics

    Online Workshop Course Program


    DFR designed this special program for artists to quickly learn about software options, machines and an overview of what is possible with digital fabrication.  Powerful tutorials will focus on how all this technology enables 2D and 3D output. We like to call it the mountain top view. We provide an overview and then work our way down into some of the specifics of laser cutting/engraving, CNC routing, digital embroidery, 3D scanning, project visualization and many other amazing ways artists can transform creative concepts through the machines and into the artist's hand. No applications. Online 2 week affordable course. Enroll. Learn.

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    Video Tutorial Series

    Digital Fabrication Residency provides a host of resources for artists. Check out our growing library of video tutorials made for artists to learn specific workflows.

    Why Slice? Slicing Your Geometry using Netfabb and Simplify3D

    Basics: How to Prep Your Raster Image for Laser Cutting 1 of 3 Videos

    Inlay: How to Prep Your Raster Image for Laser Cutting 2 of 3 Videos

    Stencil Inlay: How to Prep Your Raster Image for Laser Cutting

    Laser Tutorial Bundle: Includes Custom 5" x 9" Laser Cut/Engrave

    Featured Artists

    Here are just a few of the many talented artists that have been through our various programs. Click on their profile and learn more about their work.

     Asheer Akram

    Asheer Akram

     Gwyneth Scally

    Gwyneth Scally

     Kirsteen Buchanan

    Kirsteen Buchanan

     Liss LaFleur

    Liss LaFleur

     McArthur Freeman

    McArthur Freeman

     Sienna Baldi

    Sienna Baldi

     Laura Splan

    Laura Splan

     Blair Cahill

    Blair Cahill

     Stewart Watson

    Stewart Watson

     DeWitt Godfrey

    DeWitt Godfrey

     Stacey Holloway

    Stacey Holloway

     Dean Ebben

    Dean Ebben

    Connecting with DFR for our online programming or for meetings prior to onsite visits from our private facilities in Easton, Maryland is made possible using professional video conferencing technology. 

    Learn about DFR Workshop Topics

    The Digital Craft of Making




     Detail of Disc 6, 30" Sphere designed by artist Blair Cahill, made by DFR.

    Digital Embroidery

    stitched to perfection

    DFR's expertise in digital embroidery explodes beyond the traditional applications of embroidery. DFR provides one of kind capabilities and skill sets for creating embroidery of virtually any size and scale. Material applications include but not limited to: fabrics, leather, felt, wood veneer, paper, latex. 

    CNC Routing

    Countless materials to cut, more ways to assemble.

    The perfect machine for creating 2D and 3D objects. Normal to high- definition detail captured with DFR's CNC router. Invaluable workflows leading from software to repeatable output at any scale. CNC routing has long been a leading technology for production of simple to complex surfaces and shapes. 


    Laser Cutting & Engraving

    Precesion cut or engraved

    Laser cutting is one of the most diverse machines for precise, clean lines and detail. DFR's expertise in laser cutting and engraving can create a multitude of artworks in a diverse range of materials. Some traditional applications include: acrylic & plastics, wood, felt, select fabrics, paper, matte board, cardboard, rubber, leather, glass & metal etching, aluminum, brass, copper and soft steel. 

    3D Scanning

    Structure IO scanning technology with an intuitive interface can scan 3D objects, surfaces or architectural spaces while capturing measurements and scan data. DFR can transform scan data into sculptural objects, surfaces or animated visualizations.

    3D Printing

    FDM & Resin Printing

    The world of 3DP continues to expand with new materials and machines continually developing. DFR has years of experience working with pro-level machines and desktop printers. DFR has a network of providers for reliable prints and DFR's in house FDM printer and Form 2 resin printer can print quality resolution prints in PLA, ABS and resin. Beyond just the print, where you take it from there is magical. Electro-plating, bronze casting and other post production processes can lead to infinite possibilities. 


    This versatile machine can cut assorted types of vinyl and paper. It can also with a pen attachment draw out files on paper. Vinyl is great for masking areas that you wish to paint, creating decals, stencils, text-based installations and so many other applications.

    Contact Us

    For all inquiries please fill out this form or you are welcome to give us a call at 443.770.2782 

    Monday -Friday 9 am -5 pm EST

    DFR is a privately operated facilities. Visits to DFR must be arranged via appointment. 

    Our mailing address:

    Digital Fabrication Residency

    109 South Street

    Easton, MD 21601

    Our studios are located at:

    9027 Tilghman Island Road

    Wittman, MD 21671

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