Educational Resources

CADLaboration believes in the spirit of sharing information, knowledge and experience coupled with subject matter experts will foster a stronger educational community and support new and established citizens of the digital design and manufacturing disciplines. Here you will find shared text and syllabus on subjects of Craft, Design, Computer Aid Design, Industrial Design and appropriate Theory. Just like the traditional approach of workshops, CADLaboration wishes to organize our knowledge capital and disseminate it through sharing. CADlaboration is organized as a base of knowledge that entrenches the discipline of jewelry and metalsmithing.

Why we do this?

  1. Better technical knowledge generation: A growing open source community translates into a growing adoption of tools and technology if done well.
  2. More informed information: Community-driven sharing requires less effort compared to an individual research approach, because subject matter experts have already evaluated the Open Source material.
  3. Raise visibility: A vibrant community fosters branding and educational standards and nomenclature.
  4. Build a Brand Community: Open source brands grow and thrive around real value created by a community of engaged, informed participants. A healthy community adds tremendous value to almost any activity an educator engages in while providing students information for self learning.
  5. Larger knowledge base: The goal is to build the consortium as well as the knowledge product and service quality by creating a larger install base.
  6. Higher credibility: A growing community helps educators and practitioners to obtain the right information and share their experiences as a true Open Source venture. A critical mass of community members also indicates how well the subject matter is adopted while solving common problems in the classroom.
  7. Investment protection: Reduce Institutional risk by broadening the base of documented technical and theoretical skills .
  8. Test and develop new teaching methods: Offers institutions and organizations a highly cost-effective route into adopting digital design technologies. Through community development tactics, educators can test and develop new methods for studio assignments and problem solving while assessing new strategies for communication and delivery within established Craft and Design studios and institutions.
  9. Externalize 1st Level Support through the Wiki: Enable community to help themselves share information.
  10. Technology and thought leadership: Community development will help to establish tiered accomplishments and research in order to further push digital design technologies as a resource and tool set for students within Craft and Design disciplines of study.

How we classify our information.

Given the fluid relationship between Craft, Industrial Design, and Engineering disciplines it would be prudent to offer an organizational strategy borrowed from another education collaborative effort; The CDIO stands for Conceive - Design - Implement - Operate is " an innovative educational program for producing the next generation of engineering leaders".
Our goal, CADlaboration, is also to produce the next generation of leaders, but in the Arts, precisely Digital Design and Fabrication within the vernacular of Craft and its industries.
The information provided here is meant only for guidance and attempts to holistically complement the existing curriculum of craft and material knowledge. Further refinement and definitions needed for the discipline of Jewelry and Metals and viable adoption by other Craft curriculum (move forward/lateral and beyond the initial impetus; CDIO).

Links To Resources: Below you will find a combination of external links and information compiled for course development and curriculum content.