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    Design Technology Meetup: Experimental Design for Digital Fabrication

    Wednesday, May 19, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm PDT

    Slicelab will cover a few case studies of how one could go from concept to physical when designing specifically for additive manufacturing.



    Learning Objectives

    1. Learn the process of how to go from concept sketches to 3D modeling
    2. Workflow from digital ideas to tangible objects
    3. Understand the key takeaways of design for digital fabrication
    4. Learn the different types of 3D printing processes + materials


    About the Presenters

    Jillian Northrup, co-founder and COO of Model No., is on a mission to make custom furniture that is uniquely beautiful, wholly personal, and sustainably made. A widely-published designer and photographer, and business owner Jillian is passionate about creating innovative products, operational efficiency, and pushing industry boundaries. Jillian holds a double-major Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design and English and is also the co-founder of the boutique Design-Build company, Because We Can.

    Jeffrey McGrew, co-founder and CFO of Model No., is out to make the world a more interesting place. He has a knack for problem solving, building unique and talented teams, and leveraging technology to make great things. Jeffrey, an expert in digital fabrication, has been building products and solving design problems for clients for over 20 years, with his boutique Design Build company Because We Can. Quick to challenge himself and others, Jeffrey is a licensed, award-winning CA architect who studied architecture and biochemistry at the University of Arizona and San Francisco Institute of Architecture.

    Model No., is an innovative furniture design and manufacturing startup using 3D printing and digital manufacturing to change the furniture industry with a focus on bringing customization and sustainable material options directly to the consumer with short lead times and competitive pricing.

    Diego: Extroverted outdoorsman with an obsession with spreading the word on the importance of intelligent design and digital fabrication.



    Arthur: Expert digital designer and professional city slicker with a passion for well-curated photography, music, and fashion.



    Slicelab is a multi-disciplinary and experimental design studio remotely based between New York and Denver. Their practice has a wide range of projects at a variety of scales and specializes in digital design and complex fabrication consulting. In their design approach, they strive to find the right balance between simplicity and complexity. Scale and complexity are not obstacles but rather opportunities, no project is too ambitious. Slicelab was founded in 2012 by Arthur Azoulai and Diego Taccioli shortly after receiving their Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Architecture from Carnegie Mellon and UPenn. Additionally, in 2015, Slicelab was part of the Autodesk residency program at Pier 9 in San Francisco where their R&D was focused on additive manufacturing. They have a combined design background and experience from international design firms such as Jakob + Macfarlane, Asymptote, WRNS Studio, Francis Bitonti Studio, KMD Architects, Rockwell Group, and Mindesk VR. Additionally, they have run advanced 3D modeling courses, are visiting architecture critiques at Cornell University, and teach 3D Printing at the Academy of Arts University where they took part in building the 3D Lab.


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    Wednesday, May 19, 2021
    5:00 pm - 6:00 pm PDT
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