Schedule: Rapid Prototyping Technologies

Fall 2018, Mini A1 -- Home Page

DateLectureOffice Hours Project/AssignmentHand-in
Week 1    Tue 8/28 Course overview.
Computer login. Tour of IDeATe@Hunt.
Video: 17 Incredible 3D-Printed Objects
(A) Software setup.
(B) Fire extinguisher training, part 1.
Sign up: fire extinguisher training part 2.
Thu 8/30 Introduction to SolidWorks, part 1. #1: Make a Spirograph
Week 2 Tue 9/4 Laser cutter intro.
Introduction to SolidWorks, part 2.
Sample part: StandPiece.SLDPRT
Amy/Ted 8-9 pm
Thu 9/6 Lecture: DXF file format.
SolidWorks part 3.
Amy 8-9pm #2. Tree Generator
Fri 9/7 Spirograph due
Week 3 Tue 9/11 Reproducing the Pascaline: the first mechanical adding machine.
Video: How the Pascaline Works.
Ted 8-9pm #3. Pascaline replica Pacaline partners due
Thu 9/13 Lecture: Working in 3D. SolidWorks part 4:
revolves, lofts, shell, and flex. See these Flex Examples from SolidWorks online help.
Fan 5:30-6:30; Amy 8-9pm Trees due
Week 4 Tue 9/18 Intro to the 3D Printers.
In-class project: make a molecule.
Ted 8-9pm #4. Molecule design
Thu 9/20 Lecture: Survey of additive
manufacturing technologies. Videos.
Form 1 stereolithography printer.
3D printer demo.
Fan 5:30-6:30; Amy 8-9pm Pascaline files due
Week 5 Tue 9/25 Additive manufacturing technologies (continued).
STL file format. Slicing algorithms.
STL demo files.
Ted 8-9pm #5. Duck rendering. Molecule due
Thu 9/27 Final project overview and idea generation. Fan 5:30-6:30; Amy 8-9pm #6. Final project 3 project ideas due
Week 6 Mon 10/2 Equations in SolidWorks.
Shopping at McMaster-Carr.
Ted 8-9pm Duck due
Thu 10/4 Lecture: Design tricks for
mechatronics and robotics.
Laser-Cut Enclosure Design:
advice from Adafruit Industries.
Laser cutter origami. 3D Printed Fabric
Fan 5:30-6:30; Amy 8-9pm Pascaline checkpoint
Week 7 Tu 10/9 Lecture: Printing exotic stuff:
food, tissues/organs, prosthetics, houses.
Multi-extruder printing. Videos
Ted 8-9pm Pascaline due
Thu 10/11 Final project showcase. Fan 5:30-6:30; Amy 8-9pm
Week 8 Tue 10/16 No class
Thu 10/18 No class Final projects due

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