For many, this is their first exposure to a college-level design course. Interestingly enough, many students already had previous experience in 3D modeling applications (Sketch-up being the most common one). It seems local high schools are already pushing 3D CAD applications such as Revit, Inventor, and Solidworks as part of the engineering, shop, and drafting curricula.
The first assignment asked them to find an object created by some natural process and produce 3D models and visualizations conveying various formal and morphological characteristics. Rhino is the modeler being used for production with a high level of emphasis placed on surface control and manipulation.
Here is a snapshot of some of the projects....
Parametric tools, such as Grasshopper, are not allowed at this stage. :)
|Student, Charlie Weak|
|Student, Hillary Krajnik|
|Student, Jessica Lee|
|Student, Kyle Owens|
|Student, Nicholas Beaty|
|Student, Taylor Hiemer|