New Digital Design & Fabrication Lecture Series launches Oct. 23

The Digital Design & Fabrication program at SUNY New Paltz is launching a new series of guest lectures featuring experts who work at the intersection of art, technology, design and manufacturing.

The series kicks off on Tuesday, Oct. 23, with Darlene Farris-LaBar, professor of Art + Design at East Stroudsburg University, whose art makes use of 3D digital design, 3D printing and other emerging technologies to express ideas about complex ecosystems and plant species.

Farris-LaBar’s talk, titled “The Surrounding Planet Rematerialized through 3D Printing,” examines approaches for combining art, science and technology to inspire and educate about the natural environment, climate change and biodiversity, and draw awareness to the wonders of our planet.

These are topics near and dear to Farris-LaBar’s work at East Stroudsburg, where she is one of the founders of the G3D SuperLab and the creator of a Fine & New Media Art concentration. She has been named one of the 40 most influential women in 3D printing and has exhibited her work at venues in New York, London, Brazil, Sweden, Shanghai, Paris and Dubai.

The Digital Design & Fabrication Lecture Series will continue on Tuesday, Nov. 6, with Kevin Johnson, principal engineer at Stratasys, who will deliver a talk titled “Foundations of High Performance FDM; Getting 3D Printers to Behave.”

Johnson, a development fellow at the industry-leading 3D print system manufacturer Stratasys, will offer a wide-ranging discussion of how 3D printers work, and how to make them work better.

Johnson’s lecture is co-sponsored by the Council of Industry, the manufacturers association of the Hudson Valley.

Both lectures will take place beginning at 5 p.m. in Science Hall room 181 on the SUNY New Paltz campus, with a reception and meet-and-greet at 4:30. These events are free and open to the public.

Learn more about the new Digital Design & Fabrication Lecture Series online, and save the dates for spring lectures on Feb. 5 and April 9, 2019.