professor neil gershenfeld
tas yael maguire, john difrancesco
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.
find an interesting problem on thinkcycle.org. design a solution to the problem and make it in CAD.
use the cutting tools to make something without adhesives/fasteners, that uses as many different materials as possible.
make something enganging/interactive using a microcontroller.
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.
design a circuit. build it.
make some interesting 3D objects with the 3D fabrication tools: modela, 3d printer, cnc lathe, cnc mill.