5.16. Ancient art and modern technology – 3D Printing Workshop

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After the success of our first 2 workshops we are excited to keep 3D printing in the courtyard. We talked and listened to our workshop participants and decided to develop an adults course as well as a kids course in order to allow for the perfect learning environment. We start of on the 16th with this adult course. If you are interested in the course for children, keep your eyes open for our upcoming Kids Course which will be coming soon!


What happens when you take something as rich and beautiful as China’s cultural heritage and introduce it to something as novel as 3D printing? The 3D Printing Workshop at the Courtyard Institute attempts to answer this question by exploring the relationship between Chinese traditional arts and crafts and three dimensional technologies. In this fun and experimental workshop, participants will become familiar with 3D modeling and will learn how to design, visualize and 3D print their own creations. With courses specially designed for beginners, having an interest in China’s rich cultural heritage and a general curiosity for contemporary technologies are the only requirements.

  • 3-hour-course
  • Class size limited to 10 per session
  • No prior experience is necessary
  • Kids workshop coming soon

This 3 hour course will cover the basics of 3D modeling in Trimble SketchUp and will offer participants the chance to print on one of our 10, Up2 Plus 3D Printers, courtesy of Beijing Tiertime Technologies. Each class includes a 3D printed object up to 10 grams in material weight*. 3D Printers and material will be provided. Please bring your own laptop and mouse to the workshop**.

*Due to long print times, participants may be asked to pick up their prints at a later time. Alternatively, participants may also have their prints delivered to their homes at an additional charge.

**If you are unable to bring a laptop we will be demonstrating the 3D modeling process live over a projector and will provide resources for later use.

Course Highlights:

• Brief History of traditional Chinese Lattice Design

• Introduction to 3D Printing – What is 3D Printing?

• Free Software and Plug-in Installation – Download and Install SketchUp

• Design Tools – Get to know SketchUp (3D modeling software)

• Step-by-Step guide to designing a product using Sketchup

• Optimizing and exporting your model for printing

• Uploading and downloading from online repositories

• Live 3D Printing!

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• Ami Nigam Architect, Designer

Ami is an Indian architect currently practicing in Beijing and has worked in Architecture and Design for over 5 years in cities like London, Bombay and Beijing. He is a graduate from the Arts University Bournemouth, an Experimental Design school in the UK. He has always been interested in the conversation between old and new, rich cultural heritage and contemporary technologies.

• David Doepel Designer, Cultural Educator

David is an Austrian designer, his installation was a part of the Beijing Design Week in 2014. He has been involved in Chinese Cultural Education with Courtyard Institute over the last year. He is a graduate from the Vienna University of Economics and Business and the Department of Sinology at the University of Vienna. One of his areas of focus is Chinese Cultural Design.

• Leandro Rolon Architect, Designer

Leandro is an American architect and designer with over 10 years of 3D Printing expertise. Throughout his career he has contributed to the realization of numerous large-scale projects spanning a total of four continents and hosted numerous 3D printing events in Los Angeles, Miami, New York and Beijing. He is a graduate from The Southern California Institute of Architecture (sci-ARC), which is widely regarded as one of the most avant-garde U.S. architecture schools, with a reputation for pushing the boundaries of academic study and design.


Dates :

Saturday, 16th May, 14:00 – 17:00

Venue : 

The Courtyard Institute (No.28 Zhonglao Hutong, Dongcheng District) 




Please follow this link to reserve and make payment in advance: Yoopay Event Link

Price :

RMB 350 (promotional price) includes your own print


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