This course is designed to familiarize students with the digital tools and techniques relevant to visualizing and prototyping 3D designs. Focusing on products and sculpture as the primary areas of application, students are taken through a series of hands-on class exercises in order to become more comfortable with the process of realizing their designs digitally. Everything the students do is hands-on, creative work, including designing personalized 3D models. Each student learns to be a “maker” rather than a “consumer” of products. The course utilizes SketchUp software (free download, dual platform) and create prototypes with a 3D printer (Makerbot 5th generation).