Nadya Peek

Autumn 2018

Fabricatable Machines: Rapid Prototyping of Rapid Prototyping Machines

This fall quarter we will be exploring machine making. Digital fabrication tools such as 3D printers or desktop mills are becoming more accessible. Can we use these digital fabrication tools to make our own custom versions? We will be building machines using open-source repositories such as the cardboard machine kit or fabricatable machines to rapidly prototype digital fabrication machines using digital fabrication machines.

Brief schedule

We will spend time on parametric design in Grasshopper and Fusion, machine building methods with laser cutters and CNC mills, machine control using GRBL and PyGestalt, and interface design.

Required experience

This DRG requires experience running digital fabrication equipment including CNC mills and laser cutters, experience with motor control and G-code, experience with CAD software such as Rhino, Solidworks or Fusion, and basic Python or bash scripting. Ideally students are already safety trained for the CoMotion maker space including Shopbot training.

Required availability

Register for 2-4 credits for fall quarter. Expect to meet with the team for 2-4 hours a week and to work for 4-6 hours outside of meetings.

How to apply

Email professor Nadya Peek at confirming you meet the experience and availability requirements and include a few examples of relevant prior work.

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