From jet engine parts to DIY prosthetics, food, and art, 3D printing technologies are moving into many new markets beyond their original home in prototyping and manufacturing. As machines move from factories to storefronts and garages, and as design software becomes increasingly accessible to non-experts, a much larger number of people will use additive and other forms of CNC-controlled fabrication in the future. Digital Fabrication Everywhere, a new graduate-level seminar taught by Jacobs Institute faculty director Bjoern Hartmann, offers a chance to explore this future.
In this course, you will survey the digital fabrication ecosystem, studying core concepts in a space for hands-on experimentation. Over the course of the semester, you will become familiar with the current landscape of digital fabrication, read relevant research literature, understand the digital fabrication stack, gain firsthand experience on digital fabrication equipment, and develop concepts for future applications.
The course will take place at Jacobs Hall, a 24,000-square-foot home for making and design. You will have access to all facilities, including the latest CAD software, high-end multi-material and flexible 3D printing, and many other tools.
DES INV 290-1: Digital Fabrication Everywhere
Bjoern Hartmann | 2 units | Thursdays, 10am-12pm
Class number: 66881
Prerequisites: This course is primarily intended for graduate students; undergraduate students will be admitted with instructor permission. Students should have basic familiarity with some aspect of digital fabrication, whether CAD modeling, 3D printing, CNC machining, or other experience.