SANTA FE ― Santa Fe Community College’s Innovation Center announces new Continuing Education classes in digital fabrication and new collar jobs.
Fab Lab Hub, a part of the international Fab Lab Network based at the Center for Bits and Atoms at MIT in Cambridge, Mass., is bringing next generation manufacturing and training to Santa Fe. Two November courses will open the Fab Lab program, which focuses on the digital transformation of traditional manufacturing skills.
Fab Lab Hub founder Sarah Boisvert, has worked in digital fabrication including laser processing and 3D printing for more than 30 years and will present the workshops. These courses represent the latest phase in the development of SFCC’s Fab Lab.
In the future, an onsite job shop will provide paid internships for students taking Digital Badge courses in new collar manufacturing skills such as CAD (computer aided design), 3D Printing, CNC (computer numerical machining), laser cutting and marking, LEAN (bringing value to the customer) principles and rapid prototyping.
Participants must pre-register in advance for the classes by calling 505.428.1676.
Boisvert said, “From 3D printing to generative design and robotics to laser processing, jobs have gone from Blue Collar to New Collar.” Kris Swedin, director of SFCC Continuing Education, said, “We’re pleased to be working with Boisvert to bring this cutting-edge manufacturing training to Santa Fe.”
The first class, New Collar Jobs for Industry 4.0, 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 7, gives attendees an overview of the opportunities available in Smart Manufacturing using New Collar Job Skills.
Participants will be introduced to digital manufacturing technologies utilized in Industry 4.0, New Collar Job skills needed to get these new types of jobs, and training programs that will be available at SFCC as well as online. Equipment in SFCC’s Fab Lab, including 3D Printers will be demonstrated. Results from Sarah Boisvert’s recent study of 200 American manufacturer’s skills requirements will be included as well as other research from her new book New Collar Job Training for Industry 4.0.
The second class, Introduction to 3D Printing is a two-day course 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11 and Sunday, Nov. 12. The class covers the fundamental principles of 3D printing and allows participants to print their own design in the workshop. Attendees will be introduced to sourcing and downloading design files, CAD design, overview of 3D printing technologies, setting up and operating a 3D printer and post-processing.
All class attendees must pre-register by either calling, 505.428.1676 or by stopping by in person at the college’s Continuing Education Office, Room 131, 6401 Richards Ave. The CE office is open 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Note the SFCC campus is closed Friday, Oct. 20 for employee professional training.