Wed 01/28/15: principles and practices, project management
1st MIT lecture
Learn about Fab Labs, the Fab Network and the Fab Charter
Begin planning and documenting your final project.
Wed 02/04/15: computer-aided design
Model (draw, render, animate, simulate, …a possible final project, and post it on your class page.
Wed 02/11/15: invention, intellectual property, and income
Guest lectures from experts in the field
Wed 02/18/15: computer-controlled cutting
Design and create a project on the laser cutter and / or vinyl cutter.
Wed 02/25/15: electronics production
Each student will assemble their own fabbable in-system programmer (Fab ISP) for use in the class.
Learn to mill boards on the milling machine
Practice surface mount soldering techniques
Program AVR microcontrollers
Wed 03/04/15: 3D scanning and printing
Learn how to turn a physical object into code
Then learn how to take that code and print it as a physical object
Wed 03/11/15: electronics design
Learn to modify one of our existing electronics “hello world” examples or create your own project.
Wed 03/18/15: computer-controlled machining
Learn to make something big out of wood on the Shopbot CNC router
Wed 03/25/15: embedded programming
Learn to program AVR microcontrollers
Wed 04/01/15: molding and casting
Learn how to create detailed molds from machinable wax and make casts from them
Wed 04/08/15: input devices
Learn to make a circuit board with a input sensor (light, switches, temperature or ultrasonic, etc.)
Wed 04/15/15: composites
Create composite parts or structures
Wed 04/22/15: output devices
Learn to control a output device (LED’s, speaker, video or motors)
Wed 04/29/15: networking and communications
Learn to make devices that talk to each other. (serial bus, radio or infrared)
Wed 05/06/15: mechanical design, machine design
Assemble the mechanical structure of a machine designed by a MIT graduate student
Assemble the electronics and program a machine designed by a MIT graduate student
Wed 05/13/15: interface and application programming
Learn to visualize the output of a sensor board (that you build in the previous input devices unit).
Wed 05/20/15: applications and implications
Learn about the broader applications of digital fabrication and what Neil Gershenfeld and his graduate students at MIT are currently working on.
Wed 05/27/15: project development
Using the skills you have learned, plan and document a final project that integrates at least two of the topics covered in the course.
Students work on their final projects
Wed 06/03/15: project presentation
Labs around the world meet to present their final projects.