Schedule: Rapid Prototyping Technologies

Spring 2018, Mini A3 -- Home Page

DateLectureOffice Hours Project/AssignmentHand-in
Week 1    Mon 1/15 Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: no classes.
Wed 1/17 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.
Week 2 Mon 1/22 Introduction to SolidWorks, part 1. #1: Make a Spirograph
Wed 1/24 Laser cutter intro.
Introduction to SolidWorks, part 2.
Sample part: StandPiece.SLDPRT
Amy 8:00 - 9:00
Fri 1/26
Week 3 Mon 1/29 Lecture: DXF file format.
SolidWorks part 3.
5:30 - 6:30
#2. Tree Generator Spirograph due
Wed 1/31 Reproducing the Pascaline: the first
mechanical adding machine.
Video: How the Pascaline Works.
8:00 - 9:00
#3. Pascaline replica Pacaline partners due
Week 4 Mon 2/5 Lecture: Working in 3D. SolidWorks part 4:
revolves, lofts, shell, and flex. See these Flex Examples from SolidWorks online help.
5:30 - 6:30
Trees due
Wed 2/7 Intro to the NVBot and Zortrax Printers.
In-class project: make a molecule.
8:00 - 9:00
#4. Molecule design
Week 5 Mon 2/12 Lecture: Survey of additive
manufacturing technologies. Videos.
Form 1 stereolithography printer.
3D printer demo.
5:30 - 6:30
Wed 2/14 Additive manufacturing technologies (continued).
STL file format. Slicing algorithms.
STL demo files.
8:00 - 9:00
#5. Duck rendering. Pascaline files due. Molecule files due.
Week 6 Mon 2/19 Final project overview and idea generation. Varun
5:30 - 6:30
#6. Final project Molecule print due. 3 project ideas due.
Wed 2/21 Equations in SolidWorks.
Shopping at McMaster-Carr.
8:00 - 9:00
Duck due
Week 7 Mon 2/26 Lecture: Design tricks for
mechatronics and robotics.
Laser-Cut Enclosure Design:
advice from Adafruit Industries.
Laser cutter origami. 3D Printed Fabric
5:30 - 6:30
Pascaline checkpoint
Wed 2/28 Lecture: Printing exotic stuff:
food, tissues/organs, prosthetics, houses.
Multi-extruder printing. Videos
8:00 - 9:00
Pascaline due
Week 8 Mon 3/5 Final project showcase. Varun
5:30 - 6:30
Wed 3/7 No class. Amy
8:00 - 9:00
Fri 3/9 Final projects due

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