Challenges and practices of a university digital manufacturing laboratory in support of artistic practiceI
Keywords:Digital Manufacturing, Teaching, Research, Extension Activities, Visual Arts
For the last ten years, digital manufacturing laboratories—initially meant for engineering and industrial design—have been proliferating and expanding their use to diverse fields in which experimental practice as a means of creation is a central element. While in some of these laboratories the access to their equipment is free, or, in a different way, they are private, others are exclusively dedicated to supporting the university activities. The goal of the present article is to highlight the importance of implementing the use of digital manufacturing laboratories in teaching, research, and extension activities in an academic artistic context, by pre- senting the specific case of ModelaFab, the Modeling and Digital Manufacturing Laboratory of the Department of Fine Arts of the School of Communications and Arts of the University of São Paulo (Escola de Comunicações e Artes da Universi-
dade de São Paulo – ECA-USP). First, we present the challenges arising from the implementation of a university digital manufacturing laboratory; then, we discuss the establishment of ModelaFab, as well as its structure and the activities that have been taking place there until 2019.
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