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volume workshops

moulding / casting

The workshop is organised around materials such as clays, waxes, elastomers and plaster for modelling, which, while able to stay together (single piece) can be categorised according to the casting techniques (plaster, elastomers, alginates) with hollows or in pieces depending on the project. Casts in polyester or acrylic resin can be considered, given consent from the group of professors responsible for the program and project and from the teaching assistants in charge of the space.


The workshop focuses on metal materials, steel, zinc, in the techniques of electrowelding, cutting, moulding, and assembling through soldering, bolting or riveting. These technologies are used for constructions and experimentation, enabling prototypes to be produced.


The workshop uses traditional materials such as carpenter’s woods of various species, structural materials and derivatives such as plywood, chipboard and medium-density panels and trains students to cut, saw, glue, plane, sand and assemble. These technologies enable single works or prototypes to be produced.


The model-making workshop is a place of study, design, verification, production and communication. Open to all students irrespective of their orientations, it enables the production of volumes, models and prototypes based on multiple materials: plastics, wood, resins… The tools available include a thermoforming/sealing machine for plastic materials, drilling, sanding and cutting tools, numerous hand tools and measuring instruments. Training in AutoCad and Rhino3D software is given at the start of the year so that the students can then independently access the 2D and 3D digital prototyping studio in association with the Toulouse Fablab. Based on sketches and technical drawings, Students can also design and produce models and prototypes, studying the feasibility, cost, phases and times for production alone or with the teaching staff, and find the kinds of artistic and technical guidance that they need.


The Machina workshop is dedicated to the creation and monitoring of digital or electromechanical objects or systems related to technological concerns, from cybernetics through to the most current developments (Arduino, Raspberry PI, FabLab, 3D printers, intelligent objects, Max-MSP, Processing, virtual and augmented reality, etc.). In addition, workshops and conferences will be organised this year to support the progress of projects and research that draw on the role of today’s technology in the creation of art and design.

Since the production of digital objects requires specific learning methods and techniques, a partnership between isdaT and the INSA has been set up, also enabling access to INSA’s FabLab on the Rangueil campus. Since the presence and use of the various digital machines (3D printer, laser cutter machine, soldering station) requires specific knowledge and special protection, a one-week learning module, co-taught by INSA and isdaT will take place at INSA and will focus on 4 aspects:

  • Introduction to “FabLab” tools: laser cutting, 3D printing, etc.
  • Open Source hardware and microcontrollers for fast prototyping,
  • Communication with the environment (processing, computer vision e.g. Kinect, protocols e.g. MIDI, etc.),
  • Framing of projects and “free” work at the FabLab.

This module will allow students to acquire the introductory basics of FabLab tools—to be capable of using all the machines of digital creation, as well as the electronic soldering and PCB printing stations; to have basic knowledge of Open Source hardware and microcontrollers; to be capable of designing and creating an electronic hardware system based on microcontrollers for a target application; and finally, to learn to work in a multidisciplinary team.

Atelier moulage, isdaT © Franck Alix

Atelier moulage, isdaT

Atelier moulage, isdaT

Journées Portes Ouvertes de l'isdaT © Franck Alix, février 2019

Atelier bois, isdaT © Franck Alix

Atelier machina, juin 2016

Atelier machina, juin 2016

Atelier Machina, isdaT © Dominique Le Ray