Covering the fundamentals of the modern mechanical design process, from basic need-finding through computerized manufacturing, topics in this hands-on, project-based course include: product definition (need-finding, observation, sketching, brainstorming, and prototyping); computer-aided design (part creation, assemblies, and animation using SolidWorks 2013); basic computer simulation and analysis; rapid prototyping (laser cutter and 3-d fused-deposition modeling); basic CNC machining; and general engineering design practices (materials, dimensioning, tolerances, etc.).

 Pressfit Dinosaur

Pressfit Dinosaur

 3d-printed rotating space carousel

3d-printed rotating space carousel

 Pressfit Dinosaur

Pressfit Dinosaur

 3d printed rotating space carousel

3d printed rotating space carousel

 Modeling an entire bike based on dissecting a physical one (with Carolynn Sullivan and Kendall Turner)

Modeling an entire bike based on dissecting a physical one (with Carolynn Sullivan and Kendall Turner)