How To Make Stuff syllabus
EN 0001: Applications in Engineering, Section 11, class number 63539
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Hands-on introduction to engineering fabrication. Project-based survey of prototyping and manufacturing methods, including lasercutting, 3D printing, and other modern CNC techniques, as well as methods from the molding, metalworking, and woodworking traditions. Tactical sorties into the realm of microcontrollers and embedded webservers, with an emphasis on open source hardware platforms.
Brandon Stafford, firstname.lastname@example.org
I check email in the morning.
There will be no textbook for the class. Instead, you will be asked to buy a small microcontroller and a couple of accessories for a total of around $60. We may do a group order to save on shipping. Here's the current list, but this might change a little, so don't order anything yet.
- Raspberry Pi 3 Model B ($40 or so) from Sparkfun or Adafruit
- Power supply for Raspberry Pi (5 V, 2.4 A, micro-USB cable) ($8) from Sparkfun or Adafruit
- A console cable to talk to the Raspberry Pi while it's booting ($10) from Sparkfun or Adafruit
- (OPTIONAL) A breakout board ($7-10) from Sparkfun or Adafruit
While there may occasionally be readings or other tasks asked of you, the majority of your effort in this class will be on project work. The class will culminate in a final project covering the 4 weeks before Thanksgiving. After Thanksgiving, we'll concentrate on project documentation and solidifying what you've learned so far.
What you should do before the second class on Thursday
- Register for an account with Onshape. If you already have one, that's fine.
- Register an account on the Tufts Maker Network. Your username should be identical to your Tufts UTLN.
- Figure out how you will remember to bring your laptop to class.
There will be no quizzes or exams. Grades will be based on your project work.
Did you build something? Did it work? Was it finely crafted? Did you work well with your teammates?
Generally, I need too much of your attention to allow distractions like cell phones and laptops in class. There will be rare exceptions in class, like when we're using computers as tools for designing the stuff we're making.
Tu, Th 1:30PM - 2:45PM in Anderson Hall, 3rd floor, Room 306
Project work will take place in the Shop, the Design Lab, and the Instrumentation Lab, all of which are in Bray Lab, 504 Boston Avenue.
|1||Popsicle sticks and golf balls||Iteration and CAD intro|
|2||Safety, Bray session #1||Bray session #2|
|3||Reqs, specs, and estimation||Stress and strain|
|4||Microcontrollers||Soldering and oscilloscopes|
|5||Version control||PCB design|
|6||More PCB design||Driving actuators, dealing with high current|
|7||Sensors||Digital and analog filtering|
|8||Materials||Designing plastic parts; molding and casting|
|9||Project management||Designing for 3D printing|
|10||(no class; Friday schedule)||State machines|
|11||TCP/IP||Web frameworks and cloud servers|
|13||Documentation||Licensing, intellectual property|
|14||Engineering ethics||Choosing a major or career|
|1||Popsicle sticks and golf balls||--|
|3||Project 1||Project 1 due|
|4||Project 2||Project 2 due|
|5||Project 3||Project 3|
|6||Project 3||Project 3 due|
|7||Project 4||Project 4|
|8||Project 4||Project 4 due|
|9||Final project||Final project|
|10||(no class; Friday schedule)||Final project|
|11||Final project||Final project|
|12||Final project due||(Thanksgiving)|
|13||Documentation work||Documentation work|
|14||Documentation work||Documentation work|