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STEAMhouse Online: Introduction to Digital Sculpting

8 to 15 December 2020
2 – 5pm

This event is now fully booked.

This STEAMhouse workshop has been designed to introduce you to digital sculpting using Zbrush Core Mini. It will help participants develop an understanding of the software and build new digital skills that can be integrated into their own projects.

Zbrush Core Mini is a free software where users start with a simple sphere or a block, then use the most popular digital sculpting brushes from ZBrush to add or remove material. It allows you to make three-dimensional digital models which you can also output to 3D printers.

The six-hour, online course will run across two three-hour-long sessions to optimise contact time with facilitators and ensure learners have access to personalised support. It has been designed as an introductory session and so is suitable for beginners. Participants must be available to attend both sessions.

It would be useful, though not essential, for participants have access to a graphics tablet.

Session 1: Tuesday 8 December, 2–5pm

Basics of the Zbrush Core Mini interface.

  • Navigating your 3D object
  • Introduction to basic sculpting brushes
  • Saving your sculpsculpt

Session 2: Tuesday 15 December, 2–5pm

  • Blocking out forms
  • Controlling digital Clay
  • Exporting your sculpt for 3D printing

How to Apply

This workshop is fully funded. To take part you must be an eligible SME – this means you must be registered as self-employed or have your own business and be based in England. Spaces are very limited and we expect the workshop to be oversubscribed.

To apply to take part please email the following information to by Tuesday 24 November.

Please write “Digital Sculpting Workshop” in the subject header.

1. If you are not currently a STEAMhouse member please send an introduction to you, what you do and where you are based – including confirmation that you are self-employed or have your own business

2. A short expression of interest explaining why you want to do the workshop and how it will benefit your business. We are looking for participants who have a clear sense of how they might apply the knowledge they will gain.


Our Workshop Leader

Taran Singh

An image of the trainer Taran Singh. He is wearing a VR headset, has a beard and is wearing a turban


For the last 15 years, Taran Singh has been researching and developing Immersive applications using 3d and game technologies for the architectural and engineering industry. He is an expert in 3D technology, leading the team through an impressive range of projects instrumental to the growth of Taran3D as well as inspiring new talent into the industry. Taran is also a talented and experienced digital and clay sculptor with a special interest in the human form


What is STEAMhouse?

STEAMhouse is a space to experiment, test and develop new knowledge. At the project’s heart are five key principles conversation, exploration, collaboration, openness and newness.

Open since early 2018, the first phase of STEAMhouse was created by Birmingham City University in partnership with Eastside Projects and funded by the European Regional Development Fund and Arts Council England. It invited original business thinkers to collaborate and innovate, engaging with hundreds of SMEs in the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership area.

Phase 1.5 launched in April 2020 and is focussed on supporting businesses – which includes self-employed, sole trading artists – to access and explore the potential of digital technologies to help develop businesses, artworks, practices and creative services.

Find out more HERE