Welcome to the Digital Fabrication Residency Video Tutorial Series! We hope you will enjoy this ever growing library of powerful tutorials that are intended to help artists understand specific workflows for transforming ideas through software and out to machines. 

LASER CUTTING/ENGRAVING

1 of 3 videos that cover basic cutting, inlay and stencil file prep for laser cutting. Learn about the difference between raster image and a vector line. How to use Adobe Illustrator's Image Trace tools to transform your raster image into a vector line for output to a laser machine. Abutting vs. overlapping settings that help distinguish the results you are looking for in your design file preparation.

3 of 3 videos that cover basic cutting, inlay and stencil file prep for laser cutting. Creating a stencil or parts that are connected to each other. Maximizing the Pathfinder tools in Illustrator to connect shapes and how to create necessary offset in your designs.

 

2 of 3 videos that cover basic cutting, inlay and stencil file prep for laser cutting. What is a kerf? How to calculate your machine's kerf so that your cut parts fit perfectly into your shapes. How to include the offset needed for your design. Importance of abutting your shapes.

3D PRINTING

Digital Fabrication Residency presents: 3D Slicing techniques to extend your machine and 3D printing capabilities. Software Used: Netfabb Simplify3D