Class schedule 2014


  • Digital Fabrication Principles and Practices (Jan 29) 

    • 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 29)

    • 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 (Feb 5th) 

    • 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 12th) 

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

    Electronics Production (Feb 19th)

    • 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 26th)

    • 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 (Mar 5th)

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

    Computer-Controlled Machining (Mar 12th) 

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

    Embedded Programming (Mar 19th)

    •  Learn to program AVR microcontrollers.

    Molding, Casting  (Mar 26th)

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

    Input Devices (Apr 2nd)

    • Learn to make a circuit board with a input sensor (light, switches, temperature or    ultrasonic, etc.)
    Composites (Apr 9th)
    • Create composite parts or structures

    Interface and Application Programming (Apr 16th)

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

    Mechanical Design and Machine Design (Apr 23st)

    • Assemble the mechanical structure of a machine designed by a MIT graduate              student.

    Output Devices (Apr 30th)

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

    Embedded Networking and Communications (May 7th)

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

    Digital Fabrication Applications and Implications (May 14th)

    • 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 21th)

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

    Digital Fabrication Project Development (May 28st)

    • 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 (June 4th) 

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