3D printing is often referred to as the “next industrial revolution”. While the idea of printing your own consumer goods on-demand is certainly exciting, there are many questions that relate to this technology: ownership & copyright, accessibility, technical issues, cost. This seminar will evaluate this technology from the perspectives of students with varied backgrounds. Students also have an opportunity to learn 3D modeling and make their own 3D prints.
After taking this course, you will be able to:
1. Design complex two and three dimensional artifacts in SolidWorks.
2. Safely operate a laser cutter and 3D printer.
3. Combine fabricated parts with appropriate off-the-shelf hardware such as standoffs and threaded fasteners to produce functional objects.
4. Write Python code to procedurally generate DXF files for laser cutting or STL files for 3D printing, to go beyond what CAD software alone can do.