Class schedule 2015


Digital Fabrication Principles and Practices (Jan 21) 

  • 1st MIT lecture
  • Learn about Fab Labs, the Fab Network and the Fab Charter
  • Begin planning and documenting your final project.

Collaborative Technical Development, Documentation, and Project Management  (Jan 21)

  • Intro to version control (Mecurial)
  • Begin building a personal website / portfolio in your lab’s section of the class archive describing you and your final project

Computer-Aided Design, Manufacturing, and Modeling (Jan 28th) 

  • Intro to 2D and 3D design software
  • Model (draw, render, animate, simulate, …a possible final project, and post it on your class page.

Computer-Controlled Cutting (Feb 4th) 

  • Design and create a project on the laser cutter and / or vinyl cutter.

Electronics Production (Feb 11th)

  • 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

3D Scanning and Printing (Feb 18th)

  • Learn how to turn a physical object into code
  • Then learn how to take that code and print it as a physical object

Electronics Design (Feb 25th)

  • Learn to modify one of our existing electronics “hello world” examples or create  your own project.

Computer-Controlled Machining (Mar 4th) 

  • Learn to make something big out of wood on the Shopbot CNC router

Embedded Programming (Mar 11th)

  •  Learn to program AVR microcontrollers.

Molding, Casting  (Mar 18th)

  •  Learn how to create detailed molds from machinable wax and make casts from them.

Input Devices (Mar 25th)

  • Learn to make a circuit board with a input sensor (light, switches, temperature or    ultrasonic, etc.)
Composites (Apr 1st)
  • Create composite parts or structures

Interface and Application Programming (Apr 8th)

  • Learn to visualize the output of a sensor board (that you build in the previous input devices unit).

Mechanical Design and Machine Design (Apr 15th)

  • 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.
  • Last year we made the MTM Snap-Lock milling machine.

Output Devices (Apr 22nd)

  •  Learn to control a output device (LED’s, speaker, video or motors)

Embedded Networking and Communications (Apr 29th)

  • Learn to make devices that talk to each other. (serial bus, radio or infrared)

Digital Fabrication Applications and Implications (May 6th)

  • Learn about the broader applications of digital fabrication and what Neil Gershenfeld and his graduate students at MIT are currently working on.
  • Guest lectures from MIT grad students and other industry professionals.

Invention, Intellectual Property, and Business Models (May 13th)

  • Guest lectures from experts in the field.
  • Students work on their final projects

Digital Fabrication Project Development (May 20th)

  • 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

Final Project Presentations (May 27th) 

  • Labs around the world meet to present their final projects.