Part-time, Evening, Blended, On-line Programmes

3D Modelling for Designers and Craft Makers with Rhino 6


This programme will introduce participants to digital 2D and 3D modelling for digital fabrication using rhino 6.

The programme is aimed at designers craft makers of all disciplines including ceramics, glass, jewellery, furniture, shoe, accessories and fashion design regardless of experience level within their field of practice.

The course is designed to excite designer’s imagination and awareness of the possibilities that 3D modelling and digital fabrication affords their practice.

Skills gained in this course are transferable through a wide range of creative design disciplines including packaging, interior, product and industrial design, civil and mechanical engineering and architecture including most variants to this field.


An archetypal designer/maker workflow has been kept in mind in the designing of this course in that students will be able to import hand drawn sketches to Rhino 6, and from them, create digital 2D drawings which will then be refined in accordance to agreeable design rationale and developed into complex 3D digital drawings. Design solutions, thinking and procedures will be discussed and explored throughout the course.

Importance and uses of 3D modelling to contemporary artists and craft people will be explained and exemplified. Participants will be introduced to the different digital fabrication methods and processes available within Ireland and online.

The course will culminate with a 3D printing session.


Handouts will be distributed as needed, containing diagrams and noted information, followed by demonstrations outlining methodology and clever use of commands (tools).

Handout materials and computers will be provided on site.

A laptop or PC will be needed to practice at home with Rhino 5 or 6 installed. A downloadable 90 day licence is available from McNeel (Rhino) website.


Tools that will be extensibly practiced during the course include:

  • Navigating the user interface
  • Customizing user interface
  • Drawing management and layers
  • Importing digital images
  • 2D drawing tools
  • Offset
  • Split and trim
  • Fillet and chamfer
  • Revolve and rotate
  • Move and copy
  • Join and explode
  • Rendering modes

Entry Requirements

There are no formal academic entry requirements. This programme is suitable for anyone wishing to learn 3D modelling using leading software.

No previous experience in 3D software is necessary, however, a basic understanding of computer software including the knowledge on common applications such as internet browsers, windows explorer and file/folder management is desirable.

This programme is also suitable for experienced practitioners who wish to develop proficiencies.


  • Introduction to 3d modelling and its uses
  • User interface
  • Introduction to technical drawing
  • Layers
  • Curves, surfaces and solids
  • 2D drawing and supplementary tools
  • 3D solids from 2D drawings
  • 3D printing


There will be no formal examination. A group discussion and feedback on work in progress and final 3D file presentation will be timetabled.


A Certificate of Completion will be issued to all eligible participants.


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