Brooklyn Designer and Tech Girlz Team to Offer 3D Jewelry Design Workshop To
Middle School Girls
BROOKYLN- Lizz Hill, a full-time 3D modeler for Coach Inc, and independent jewelry designer is teaming up with Tech Girlz, a Philadelphia based non-profit organization dedicated to reducing the gender gap in technology-based occupations, to create a new workshop curriculum intended to give middle school girls a hands-on demo of 3D technology.
The collaboration between Ms. Hill and Tech Girlz began when the Brooklyn based designer contacted the organization, seeking a recipient for the donation of the partial proceeds from the sales of her Rosie Ring, a new jewelry piece inspired by Rosie the Riveter from the iconic ‘We Can Do It’ WW2 propaganda posters.
An initial conversation between Hill and Tracey Welson-Rossman, founder of Tech Girlz, revealed the organization’s need for a 3D tech based curriculum which focuses more on the modeling aspects rather than just the 3D printing output. This has long been a hurdle for educators looking to engage younger students in 3D technology as the learning curve has been incredibly high with existing, often costly, CAD softwares which often require months of dedicated training to gain user proficiency. The introduction of TinkerCAD allows students to begin modeling immediately, leveraging a library of preexisting and community generated shapes which make the modeling process immediately understandable and engaging.
The 3-hour workshop titled, “Intro to 3D Jewelry Design & 3D Manufacturing” will educate students around how 3D tech is used in Fashion and related industries and will touch on how designers, like Hill, are increasingly leveraging the technology in place of the more investment-heavy manufacturing methods of larger design firms.
Hosted by NYU Tandon’s MakerSpace, the workshop will teach the basics of 3D modeling, using AutoDesk’s (free) TinkerCAD 3D modeling software to design a jewelry item. Students will learn both how to create a 3D model with TinkerCAD and also how 3D printing is being used to aid in the design and manufacturing process in the jewelry industry.
The inaugural workshop will be held on October 28th, 2017, in Brooklyn and will be offered to middle school girls.
To sign up, please visit TechGirlz.
The Rosie Ring, along with all of Hill’s other work is designed and
manufactured through the use of 3D printing technology and sold through
Shapeways.com, the leading marketplace for online 3D printing services.