The Overview

Introduction to Rapid Prototyping

This is an introductory course designed for beginners.
No previous experience with the tools and techniques covered in the course is expected.
Students should bring their own laptop to all sessions.

Course objective:

For the student to understand the concepts of rapid prototyping and apply them
to a project utilizing tools typical of a contemporary “maker space,” especially 3D printers


Key skills acquired:

  • Concepts of rapid prototyping.
  • Moving from design idea, to paper mockup, to 2D/3D digital design, to fabrication and assembly.
  • Introduction to simple 3D design and printing.
  • Introduction to the operation of fused filament 3D printers.
  • Introduction to simple 2D vector layout and cutting.
  • Introduction to circuit soldering.
  • Introduction to working with a microcontroller.

Course structure:

  • Four sessions of 3 hours each.
  • A project focus with instruction in tools, techniques, and the context of rapid prototyping surrounding the course project and tools.
  • Each student will design, construct, and program a small accent lamp with the materials provided as their course project.
  • 5-10 students per section of the course.

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