Intermediate Rapid Prototyping Schedule
Fall 2017, Section A2
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Date Lecture Office Hours Project/Assignment Hand-in
Week 1 Mon 10/23 Course overview and intro to mechanisms.
Scissors script.
Take fire extinguisher training part 1 and sign up for part 2
Wed 10/25 Gears and linkages. Gears and LittleMan Automaton script.
Week 2 Mon 10/30 Simulation. Varun
Assignment 1: Automaton
Wed 11/1 Articulated motion.
Week 3 Mon 11/6 Intermittent motion and complex linkages. Mechanism files for motion study. Cozmo's lift. Varun
Assignment 2: Mechanisms Automaton due
Wed 11/8 Procedurally-generated objects. Intro to Grasshopper. Aijin
Week 4 Mon 11/13 Grasshopper part 2: Grasshopper and Rhino. Varun
Wed 11/15 The Slicer assignment and
Torus model in Rhino, for testing Slicer.
Grashopper part 3: lists and trees.
Assignment 3: Shape slicer Mechanism due
Week 5 Mon 11/20 Grasshopper part 4.
Demo files: and
Demo notes
Wed 11/22 Thanksgiving holiday. No class.
Week 6 Mon 11/27 Autodesk's ReMake and MeshMixer. Varun
Assignment 4: Statue Slicer due
Wed 11/29 Grasshopper tricks. Surfaces in SolidWorks.
Demo files: gh5.3dm and Rabbit mesh sculpture.
Videos: Automata videos, Surface modeling in SolidWorks
Final projects
Week 7 Mon 12/4 Design exercise. Cozmo-back.SLDPRT Varun
Statue due
Wed 12/6 AutoDesk's Slicer for Fusion 360 (free). Slides.
Paper folding with Pepakura Designer.
Pepakura resources: Tutorial 1; Tutorial 2; Video
Week 8 Mon 12/11 No more classes. Work on final projects. TBD
Wed 12/13 No more classes. Work on final projects. TBD
Fri 12/15 No more classes. Work on final projects. TBD Final projects due.
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