The traditional principles of mass production are being challenged by
concepts of highly customized and personalized goods. A growing number of
do-it-yourself (DIY) inventors, designers, makers, and entrepreneurs is
accelerating this trend.
This class offers students hands-on experiences of DIY product design and
fabrication processes. Over the course of a semester, students work
individually or in small groups to design a customized and personalized
product of their own and build it using various DIY fabrication methods,
including 3D laser scanning, 3D printing, laser cutting, vacuum forming,
etc. Students develop multiple prototypes throughout the semester, iterating
and refining their design.
Students are expected to spend 6 ~7 hours a week for hands-on design,
prototyping, and report generation. The hands-on work is complemented by two
80 min lectures a week, reading assignments on design and manufacturing as
well as guest talks on DIY design and fabrication. Students are expected
to document and share their work online for feedback and suggestions from
other students (potential customers).