Syllabus: Rapid Prototyping Technologies

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DateLectureOffice Hours Project/AssignmentHand-in
Week 1    Mon 8/29 Course overview.
Computer login. Tour of IDeATe@Hunt.
Software setup Sign up: fire extinguisher training
Wed 8/31 Introduction to SolidWorks, part 1. #1: Make a Spirograph
Week 2 Mon 9/5 Labor Day: no classes.
Wed 9/7 Laser cutter intro.
Introduction to SolidWorks, part 2.
Sample part: StandPiece.SLDPRT
5:30 - 6:30
Fri 9/9 Spirograph due
Week 3 Mon 9/12 Lecture: DXF file format.
SolidWorks part 3.
Oscar @ 5:30
Meg @ 8:00
#2. Tree Generator
Wed 9/14 Reproducing the Pascaline: the first
mechanical adding machine.
Video: How the Pascaline Works.
5:30 - 6:30
#3. Pascaline replica Pacaline partners due
Week 4 Mon 9/19 Lecture: Working in 3D. SolidWorks part 4:
revolves, lofts, shell, and flex. See these Flex Examples from SolidWorks online help.
Oscar @ 5:30
Meg @ 8:00
Trees due
Wed 9/21 Intro to the NVBot Printer.
In-class project: make a molecule.
5:30 - 6:30
#4. Molecule design
Week 5 Mon 9/26 Lecture: Survey of additive
manufacturing technologies. Videos.
Form 1 stereolithography printer.
3D printer demo.
Oscar @ 5:30
Meg @ 8:00
Pascaline files due
Wed 9/28 Additive manufacturing technologies (continued).
STL file format. Slicing algorithms.
STL demo files.
5:30 - 6:30
#5. Duck rendering. Molecule due
Week 6 Mon 10/3 Final project overview and idea generation. Oscar @ 5:30
Meg @ 8:00
#6. Final project 3 project ideas due
Wed 10/5 Equations in SolidWorks.
Shopping at McMaster-Carr.
5:30 - 6:30
Duck due
Week 7 Mon 10/10 Lecture: Design tricks for
mechatronics and robotics.
Laser-Cut Enclosure Design:
advice from Adafruit Industries.
Laser cutter origami.
Oscar @ 5:30
Meg @ 8:00
Pascaline checkpoint
Wed 10/12 Lecture: Printing exotic stuff:
food, tissues/organs, prosthetics, houses.
Multi-extruder printing. Videos
5:30 - 6:30
Pascaline due
Week 8 Mon 10/17 Final project showcase. Oscar @ 5:30
Meg @ 8:00
Wed 10/19 No class. TBA
5:30 - 6:30
Fri 10/21 Final projects due

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