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3D Workshop

Sculpture workshop, foundry, mould-making, wood and plastics fabrication.

The 3D workshops are arranged into five different areas:

  • The Machine Shop has a wide variety of industry-standard equipment and is manned by expert technicians who can advise students on correct usage, areas covered: wood, plastics, Digital Fabrication, metal and mould making.
  • The Fabrication room is our benched area where students can bring together components and materials using hand and power tools, utilising a long list of adhesives/hardware. Additionally, this area covers the construction and stretching of painting canvases.
  • Mould making room, this space is used to undertake a variety of different types of mould-making and casting. from the use of traditional techniques and materials (plaster, clay) to contemporary materials like resin and Jesmonite. An element of the mould room is supporting investment casting of metals in our Foundry.
  • The Metal workshop enables the fabrication of a wide range of structures, which require the ability to join, cut and shape metals. The space is equipped with MIG and TIG welding machinery for fusing both ferrous and non-ferrous metals. Students learn a variety of techniques as well as hand tool finishing of cast bronze and aluminium.
  • The plastics and foam area covers many aspects of cutting, forming and heating. Essential equipment used in the area is the vacuum former and hot-wire cutter, amongst other. The use of heat-based processes in plastics and foam can achieve fascinating results, which lend themselves to quick sketch model making, right through to final presentation pieces.

Digital processes in the workshop consist of 3D printing and CNC routing, which enable students to create work from digital images or CAD drawings. Combining these with the traditional processes gives the student boundless combinations.

Students must have completed a 3D Workshop induction before any activities within the workshop, and before any machinery is used. Visit the 3D Workshop’s VLE page for more information about inductions, using the facilities, and contacting the technicians.

Find the 3D Workshop

Ground floor — Rooms GU87-89,
Guntons Building,
St Georges St,
Norwich NR3 1BA