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Digital Model Making for Designers

Digital Model Making for Designers

Camberwell College of Arts
Taught by
Green Mat Workshop


Digital fabrication of models is an essential process in architecture and spatial design industries. In this course you will learn how to take digital designs and translate them into physical models produced using 3D printers, laser cutters, and paper cutters.

With these new technologies becoming more widely accessible both in-house at small and large design studios, as well as at universities, these skills will prove to be an invaluable addition to your portfolio.

During this course, you will be taught how to use 3D printers and laser cutters. You will also learn about their material options and how to digitally model or draw for a successful 3D print or laser cut.

Students will work to a design brief that allows for individual creative expression with one on one support from the tutors.

Topics covered

  • The production of high-quality scale models
  • How to 3D model/draw for 3D printing/laser cutting
  • How to use a 3D printer
  • How to use a laser cutter
  • Material choices for scale models
  • Finishing models
  • Model photography
Course Outcomes
By the end of the course, students will have numerous 3D printed and laser cut models, exploring materials and forms, concluding in a 'final' model. They will have experience setting up and using 3D printers and laser cutters, which are desirable skills both professionally and academically.

Who Should Attend
An ideal course for students or design professionals working in interior, spatial or architectural design. Some existing 'traditional' model making experience and some basic experience with 3D programmes such as SketchUp or Rhino, is recommended.


Online short courses

Did you know we offer a similar course online? UAL online short courses are designed to help creative people master new challenges, develop their skills, get inspired by new ideas and access the UAL learning experience without having to travel to a campus for class.

Introduction to 3D Design (Online Short Course)

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Tutor Description

Theo Jones studied architecture at Oxford Brookes University and The Bartlett, UCL. He works as an architectural designer and lead model maker at Architecture for London and is a co-founder of design collective Taxonomy. 

Theo’s Instagram: @TheoJones

Jacob Valvis trained alongside Theo at Oxford Brookes University. He is a co-founder of design studio Bureau Bureau and a teacher/project manager at Matt + Fiona. Previously Theo and Jacob worked as architectural workshop technicians. They both teach on the Interior and Spatial Design course at UAL.

Take a look at Green Mat Workshop's website and Instagram page



Please bring the following materials on the first day of your course:

  • Pen, pencil, metal ruler
  • Note book or sketch book
  • Wood glue PVA (Evo-Stik wood glue preferred)
  • Swann Morton 3A scalpel with 10A blades
  • USB memory stick

Please note that most materials needed for the short courses are available at the Chelsea College of Arts' Art Shop. Please contact the Art Shop directly for opening hours and availability.

During the course, your tutors will also advise you about additional materials you may like to purchase for your models, such as coloured paper and card.

Before the course starts:
If you are not familiar with 3D programmes such as SketchUp or Rhino 3D you may find the following tutorials beneficial to watch:

Getting Started with SketchUp - Part 1
Getting Started with SketchUp - Part 2
Rhino 5 for SketchUp Users

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