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mas863
fall 2002
professor neil gershenfeld
tas yael maguire, john difrancesco
official course webpage
personal course webpage
course description
this course provided a hands-on introduction to the resources for designing and
fabricating smart systems, including CAD/CAM/CAE; NC machining, 3-D printing, injection molding, laser cutting; PCB layout and fabrication; sensors and actuators; analog instrumentation; embedded digital processing; wired and wireless communications. this course also put emphasis on learning how to use the tools as well as understand how they work.
assignments
readings and texts
one
find an interesting problem on thinkcycle.org. design a solution to the problem and make it in CAD.
two
use the cutting tools to make something without adhesives/fasteners, that uses as many different materials as possible.
three
make something enganging/interactive using a microcontroller.
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four
machine a tuning fork. use software given in class to make measurements and then use the bandsaw, mill, and lathe to make it to specifications.
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five
design a circuit. build it.

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six
make some interesting 3D objects with the 3D fabrication tools: modela, 3d printer, cnc lathe, cnc mill.
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see webpage