A unique opportunity for professional training


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A brief summary of Summer School 2022

The training space is one of a kind

SMAC – Coreglia Antelminelli’s School of Additive Manufacturing

SMAC Summer School offers highly-specialized professional training which brings together theory and practice to meet the technological and environmental challenges of today’s ever-changing sector.

The course aims to provide the competences which will be essential for anyone working in the additive manufacturing sector, whether they be designers or craftsmen, with variations offered for the artistic, architectural and design fields. Aswell as exploring and experimenting with modelling software and digital acquisition techniques, students will gain hands-on experience of state-of-the-art hardware.

The syllabus will be tailored to suit the needs and skills of each individual participant in order to guarantee the best possible results from this advanced-level workshop.

SMAC is a multi-disciplinary school which offers a unique opportunity to share professional knowledge and experience.

Why choose Coreglia Antelminelli?

As early as 1883, Coreglia was home to an innovative School of “Design and Plastics” created to equip locals with the knowledge and skills they would need to work as “figurinai”, or statuette sculptors, across the globe.


Its founder, Sir Carlo Vanni, came from a family of figure-painters and entrepreneurs and chose the most highly-skilled local artisans to be the first teachers in his new school. Some of their works are displayed in the current Statuette Museum which is housed in a villa donated by Vanni himself.

The museum, which is truly one of a kind, bears testimony to the phenomenon of plaster sculpture and its links to the emigration from the area around the Serchio Valley which began in the 1600s and continues to the present day. Visitors can admire eighteenth-century statuettes of cats, busts of historical or literary figures as well as copies of ancient Greek and Roman sculptures.

3D printing as a productive process for the circular economy.

Using sustainable printing materials from the circular economy is of great importance to us. We aim to show how production strategies based on digital manufacturing tools and a new concept of “a decentralized productive network” represent a valid alternative to linear and centralized production.

Content : three cornerstones


3D technologies for the artistic sector and the preservation of cultural heritage


Large-scale 3D printing for street furniture and local services.


Ways to use second-hand raw materials in large-format production



Reverse Engineering and 3D printing

Stefano Giovacchini

Circular Design Strategies


Art and Public installation


Computational Design


3D scannig and 3D printing

SMAC Summer School Calendar for 2022

Sunday 10th July

Afternoon: greeting and presentation

From Monday 11th to Friday 15th July

A total of 35 hours of theoretical and practical lessons

3 hours of theoretical lessons every morning will be followed by a four-hour practical workshop in the afternoon.

The morning lessons will be given by different experts and professionals.

Saturday 16th July

Open School – the school will open its doors to the public and display the results of the week’s course.


Lessons will be taught in Italian and English.

The course is designed for professionals, craftsmen and graduate students.

Applicants should have a basic knowledge of 3D modelling and an interest in technology and the circular economy.

Participants will be asked to bring their own PC.

Most of the software used during the course will be open-source and freely available to download.


Cost: € 1,200 per person


We can assist in the search for accomodation with discounted prices for participants.

Machinery made available to the school:

WASP 3MT, large format 3D printer (printing volume : one square metre)

WASP 40×100 CLAY, clay printer

WASP 20×40 CLAY, clay printer

FARO FaroArm® Series

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The school is housed in an historical villa in the heart of Tuscany.

Thanks to sponsorship from Coreglia Antelminelli Town Council, the school is located in the historical centre of the town inside the building known as “the Fortress”. The fortress is part of Coreglia Antelmineli’s ancient castle. The medieval town of Coreglia Antelminelli was frequently at the centre of fighting between Garfagnana’s feuds and Lucca’s impenetrable fortress built to guard its territories in the Serchio Valley. Originally built for military purposes, the castle has been transformed many times over the years and is now an incubator for new ventures in the area. SMAC will have access to recently renovated rooms, the garden and the lemon-house which has been specially adapted to house the additive manufacturing workshops.

About Coreglia Antelminelli

Coreglia Antelminelli is one of “Italy’s most beautiful villages” and a mountain town in in the Serchio Valley, located in a splendid panoramic position of the Apennines. The earliest mentions of the town date to the 10th century and attest to how this community has been tied to Lucca’s fortunes since its foundation.


Garfagnana, alongside the Middle Serchio Valley, is utterly enchanting, nestled between the Apuan Alps and the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines. Here, among chestnut woods and unspoiled nature, small stone villages and picturesque scenery are hidden.

Nature dominates uncontested, with forests that are
still untouched by man and mountain peaks 2,000 metres high. The highest
point in Tuscany is right here in the Garfagnana: Monte Prado, near Sillano, reaching 2,054 metresGiuncugnano, 885 metres above sea level, is the highest-situated town. Nature offers us incredible gifts like the Orecchiella Park nature reserve, unique formations, including the Grotta del Vento, the Orrido di Botri, an extraordinary canyon, and the waters of the Lima River, a paradise for sports enthusiasts.

Barga is a perfect example of a typical medieval village structure, with a city wall allowing access through three doors: Porta Reale, Porta Macchaia and Porta di Borgo. Wandering through alleys, taverns and small squares, you’ll arrive in front of the majestic Cathedral of San Cristoforo. The cathedral is also mentioned in a poem by Giovanni Pascoli, who once lived in Castelvecchio, a village near Barga from where he could hear the sound of the cathedral bells.

Coreglia it’s also near to Lucca (40 Km) 


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