Grossmont College Technology Plan 2007-2010.

Technology

Art - Sculpture, 3-D Design & Jewelry Design

Description

Sculptors and arts professionals utilize computer technology to create visual simulations of proposed projects for design, study and peer review. It allows an art instructor to visualize and critique each student's concept within the students intended context and facilitates modification of the design through critical thinking and visual analysis. It is important that students understand the complex requirements utilized in the design, approval and fabrication of contemporary sculpture prior to committing expensive materials to a proposed project. The computer enhances the ability of the sculpture area to develop their concepts within the lab setting. 

In addition, the Sculpture area still languishes from deferred maintenance practices of the last 25 years. Broken and inoperable capital equipment and power tools fill our facilities, and still is not adequately funded to support the 500 students we are scheduled to serve each year. We need repair and equipment replacement money disparately as the added enrollment is increased (doubled) the deterioration rate of our already over taxed equipment. Our facilities were so over-taxed that the College District constructed a completely new lab complex to address some of these issues.  The new building have moved us a long way toward providing safe, state of the art facilities. We now need to turn our attention to repairing, replacing or upgrading our older existing equipment, as well as adding new equipment to serve our growing number of students (for example: we need to acquire pneumatic stone carving equipment to work with our new core drill and diamond stone saw to facilitate stone carving).

We have just over 5,000 square feet of new lab Facilities and a 10,000 square foot fabrication yard in building 23 that we will occupy starting in January 2007. This facility and our expanded curriculum will require extensive additions of new equipment and technologies as our entire program develops within that facility. The number of students should continue to grow with the additional lab space. The large amount of Equipment listed in the 2008-2010 year reflects items necessary to purchase, replace or repair in order to serve our students and fully utilize the new facilities as designed.

Curriculum Impact

Computer generated and edited composite video imagery is the only cost effective process that permits students to construct, visualize and review their concepts within a sculpture lab setting. These computer digital video simulations are critical to a sculpture lab classroom as ideas generated by students, as a part of their assignments would cost thousands of dollars to actually construct. 

We must address the continuing deterioration of the area’s tools and capital equipment or we will face elimination of technologies currently used to instruct our students. Our current facilities have been expanded to serve the increasing number of students sections currently scheduled. By adding more students and facilities we have accelerated the situation from a difficult one to a desperate one. We have entire curricular modules that we cannot complete or offer due to equipment replacement/maintenance issues. We also need to address safety issues in regard to tools and equipment, as well as critical issues of student and project storage areas caused by “value engineering” or deletion of covered storage areas in the new facility.

Approximate Number of Students Served

We now serve over 285 students per year, up from 210 five years ago. Under our current schedule in the new facilities, we are scheduled to serve additional 215 students by adding new sections, bringing our new total to around 500 students per year. All these students use the Technology we are applying for. We are also in the process of adding additional Courses in Digital Arts linked to these requests in the Sculpture area. In addition, we will occupy just over 5,000 square feet of lab Facilities that are to be constructed by the end of 2006 that will require new equipment and technologies be added as our enrollment grows. The number of students could continue to grow by up to 50 percent in the years following the 2007 addition of our new lab space.

Support Impact

We added 5 part time teaching positions for Spring 2007 semester and are offering 2 additional summer courses. We did have a continuing Staffing need for a Full-time Technician, but the hiring process for this position was approved in Fall 2006. The safe and proper use of Sculpture, Design and Jewelry Design technologies require proper instruction and constant supervision by highly trained faculty. If our growth in the new facility continues as projected, we will need to hire a second full time Instructor in 2008-2009, as well as Models for Life sculpture and additional student assistants.

Year 1 (2007-2008)

 Objective

A. Digital:  We still need to upgrade our existing software and to purchase a single Apple G-5 Duel Processor Computer and an Apple 30 inch Digital Screen, Digital Video Camera, hardware and Memory, Additional 120 Gigabyte internal Hard Drives, and additional Ram. We also need a high-resolution flat bed Scanner, a slide scanner and additional 3-D software for the Digital Arts area as we add digital classes there. None of this was accomplished under the 2004 – 2007 Tech Plan.

 B. Equipment: 

We will need welding carts and tables to replace and upgrade existing equipment.  We also need to upgrade our power (hand tools like grinders, sanders and saws) tools in order to facilitate the increase (nearly double) in our enrollment in the past few years.  Most of these tools are 12 years old and are nearing the end of their economic life.   We also need a set of tools for our new forge for repair and instructional purposes; and we need replacement foundry tools such as tongs, shanks, crucibles, and safety apparel for student protection. Now that we will be hiring a new technician, we need a dedicated repair budget to avoid the high expense of replacing damaged tools. It is more cost effective to maintain tools and equipment rather than constantly replace them, as in our current practice. Even with the new facilities, we have little or no storage for materials and supplies resulting from the loss of covered storage areas during value engineering. We also need to double our locker Storage as we were already short of space prior to adding students.

 Action to Meet Objective

 A.     Digital: We need to replace our existing Computer with 3 Computers to serve the new facility. This replacement should be with Apple Duel core Processors. We also need to upgrade and add to our existing software and to purchase an Apple 23 inch Digital Screens. We also will need to acquire 3 middle to high range Epson photo printers to output student projects in our new labs.

Install the following Equipment not included in the current Digital Arts/Sculpture construction Budget:

Existing Digital Projector and VCR/DVD unit in room 211 to Sculpture lab 23-112

 Purchase the following items:

      1 – Digital Projector System for room 23 -105

      3 - High range Epson photo printers.

      1 - High range Epson photo/Slide Scanners Scanner.

      1 - Mac Pro Duel Core Tower

      1 – Mac Book Pro 17” Laptop Computer

      2 - Apple 30” Monitors

      2 - 250 External drive (for backup and storage)

      4 – Additional Ram for towers (x2)

      3 - Connectors and cables:

      2 - Apple DVI to ADC Adapters

     2 - Apple Display Connectors (ADC)

      2 -Two meter cables with DVI and USB connectors

 B. Equipment:  We need replacement tools and continue to upgrade and repair existing equipment. For our new Lab Building, We will
 need to purchase and/or Replace the following equipment and expendables:

Order Storage Sheds for Student project and materials storage

Order Storage Shelves for materials storage

Repair Miller Spot welder that currently short circuits under load (Safety item)

Replacement of 3 - Victor Ox/Ayc Torches and accessories (Safety item)

Replacement of 3 - Victor Ox/Ayc Regulators (Safety item)

Replacement of 4 - Victor Ox/Ayc Torches hoses (Safety item)

Order replacement burner mounts for our Johnson 36" Ceramic Shell Burn-Out Furnace (Safety item)

Order replacement Flame rods for our Johnson 36" Ceramic Shell Burn-Out Furnace (Safety item)

Rebuild Shell reheat Barrel Kiln (Safety item)

Order Various Flat Hearth Slot Forge Model F-826 blacksmith tools

Order 30 - Modeling Stands for Figure Sculpture Courses

Order 1 –each 20” Powermatic Heavy-Duty Drill Press

 Powerful totally enclosed, fan-cooled motors to keep out dust for a longer life and maximum performance

 Standard 15-1/2" X 18" cast iron production table allows for stability of work material during operation

 Features a slotted base that may be used as an alternative work table for extra-large materials

 Maintains horsepower throughout full speed range (low and high)

 Features an Electronic Variable Speed drive system (EVS)

 Start/Stop push button switch is located on the front of the drill press head for safety

 Possible materials and applications may include: steel, cast iron and wood

 Reversing switch for tapping

 Standard Equipment

 Motor

 Slotted base

  #3 Morse taper adapter

  Production table

  Reversing switch

Necessary Optional Accessories:

     #     2277005 Head raising mechanism

     #     2383001 1/2” Chuck with adapter for #3 Morse taper

     #     2793014 Reverse foot switch assembly

Order 10 – Nitride bonded silicon carbide Shelves for Model # DLB-40S Kiln    Size 18” x 36”

Order 5 - Diamond Core Drills.

2", 3", 4", 5", and 6" Diteq Turbo Premium Core Bits for Stone cutting Drill 

Sharpen Bench Shear blades

In Addition:

We will need funds to contract vendors to sharpen our shear blades, repair our small electrical hand tools, and service our welders. We need to continue to replace replacement foundry tools such as tongs, shanks, crucibles, and safety apparel for student protection. We will need to look to replace our older floor sanders and electrical tools. We need a dedicated repair budget to avoid the high expense of replacing damaged tools. It is more cost effective to maintain tools and equipment rather than replacing them.

Year 2 (2008-2009)

Objective
Continue to repair and/or replace capital equipment and power tools as needed.  Provide maintenance to existing tools, and procure items necessary to support existing and newly added curriculum.

Action to Meet Objective
A. Digital:
We need purchase a 3-D Wax printing unit output 3-D images and designs from student digital rendering projects

Purchase the following items:

3-D Wax printer: Z Corporation model
ZPrinter 310 Plus

Accessories and cables for wax printer

Digital Video Camera & accessories

Digital SLR Camera and accessories

B. Equipment: 

Order 1 – Each Powermatic TABLESAW accessories:

 

#   2328023 Insert, table (Safety item)

#   2328024 Insert, dado (Safety item)

#   2389002 Special cast iron extension wing kit* (Safety item)

#   2402006 Accu-Fence, side panel replacement kit

#   2440020 Accu-Fence, rear-lock assembly (optional)

#   2471015 Mitre gauge (Safety item)

#   6284600 Tenoning jig

 

Order two new Sears rolling Tool cabinets for use by added sections

Order a cast Iron soft metal Crucible for our converted Johnson 950 Furnace

Order 2 Replacement - MIFCO - MODEL B-702 No. 70 SILICON CARBIDE CRUCIBLES (Safety item)

Replace the following equipment and expendables:

Replacement of 12 - Bosch variable speed Jig Saws

Replacement of 20 - Bosch 4-1/2” Grinder/Sanders

Replacement of 4 - Milwaukee SawzAll Saws

Replacement of 12 - Milwaukee Electric Hand Drills

Order 3 Pneumatic stone Chisels and Carving tip sets

Replace welding Gas regulators on Mig and Tig Welders (Replacement Parts)

Replace Propane torches

Replace Rockwell/Delta 24” Scroll saw (Replacement Parts)

Buy new replacement 16” diamond saw blades for Stone saw (Replacement Parts)

In Addition:

We will need funds to contract vendors to sharpen our shear blades, repair our small electrical hand tools, and service our welders. We need to continue to replace replacement foundry tools such as tongs, shanks, crucibles, and safety apparel for student protection. We will need to look to replace our older floor sanders and electrical tools. We need a dedicated repair budget to avoid the high expense of replacing damaged tools. It is more cost effective to maintain tools and equipment rather than replacing them.

Year 3 (2009-2010)

Objective

Continue to repair and/or replace capital equipment and power tools as needed.  Provide maintenance to existing tools, and procure items necessary to support existing and newly added curriculum.

Action to Meet Objective

Order New casting flasks and ingot molds

Replace the following equipment and expendables:

Replacement of two Stationary Wood Disk/Belt Sanders (Rockwell and Jet)

Replacement or rebuilding of Rockwell 14” Band Saw
(Replacement Parts)

Replacement of Window, Hoses, Nozzles and Gloves in sand Blast cabinet
(Replacement Parts)

Replacement of foundry Pit Green Sand (Non – silica type for safety)

Replacement of One Radial Arm Saw (Rockwell or Sears Model)

Order 2 Replacement - MIFCO - MODEL B-1501 No. 150 SILICON CARBIDE CRUCIBLES (Safety item)

Replace all worn hoses and ground cables on Mig and Tig Welders (Replacement Parts)

Rebuild Horizontal Drill Press (Replacement Parts)

Replacement or rebuilding of Victor Shape Cutter (Replacement Parts)

Replacement or rebuilding of Rockwell wood Lathe (Replacement Parts)

Replacement or rebuilding of Paper pulpier

Replacement or rebuilding of Sculpture yard worktables

In Addition:

We will need funds to contract vendors to sharpen our shear blades, repair our small electrical hand tools, and service our welders. We need to continue to replace replacement foundry tools such as tongs, shanks, crucibles, and safety apparel for student protection. We will need to look to replace our older floor sanders and electrical tools. We need a dedicated repair budget to avoid the high expense of replacing damaged tools. It is more cost effective to maintain tools and equipment rather than replacing them.


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