Syllabus: Rapid Prototyping Technologies

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DateLectureOffice Hours Project/AssignmentHand-in
Week 1    Mon 10/24 Course overview.
Tour of IDeATe@Hunt.
Software setup Sign up: fire extinguisher training
Wed 10/26 Introduction to SolidWorks, part 1. #1: Make a Spirograph
Week 2 Mon 10/31 Laser cutter intro.
Introduction to SolidWorks, part 2.
Sample part: StandPiece.SLDPRT
5:30 - 6:30
Wed 11/2 Lecture: DXF file format.
SolidWorks part 3.
5:30 - 6:30
#2. Tree Generator Spirograph due
Week 3 Mon 11/7 Reproducing the Pascaline: the first
mechanical adding machine.
Video: How the Pascaline Works.
Gustavo's Pascaline made of wood and cardboard.
5:30 - 6:30
#3. Pascaline replica Pacaline partners due
Wed 11/9 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
Week 4 Mon 11/14 Intro to the NVBot Printer.
In-class project: make a molecule.
5:30 - 6:30
#4. Molecule design
Wed 11/16 Lecture: Survey of additive
manufacturing technologies. Videos.
Form 1 stereolithography printer.
5:30 - 6:30
Pascaline files due
Week 5 Mon 11/21 Additive manufacturing technologies (continued).
STL file format. Slicing algorithms.
STL demo files.
5:30 - 6:30
#5. Duck rendering. Molecules due; Pascaline checkpoint
Wed 11/23 Thanksgiving holiday. No class.
Week 6 Mon 11/28 Final project overview and idea generation. Penelope
5:30 - 6:30
#6. Final project Pascaline checkpoint; 3 project ideas due.
Tue 11/29 Pascalines due
Wed 11/30 Equations in SolidWorks Hannah
5:30 - 6:30
Duck rendering due
Week 7 Mon 12/5 Lecture: Design tricks for
mechatronics and robotics.
Laser-Cut Enclosure Design:
advice from Adafruit Industries.
5:30 - 6:30 (in the hall)
Wed 12/7 Lecture: Printing exotic stuff:
food, tissues/organs,
prosthetics, houses.
Multi-extruder printing. Videos
5:30 - 6:30
Week 8 Mon 12/12 No class. Penelope
5:30 - 6:30
Wed 12/14 No class. Hannah
7 - 8 pm
Fri 12/16 Final projects due 5pm

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