Carnegie Mellon

24-672: DIY Design and Fabrication

  Fall 2016   

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Lectures:  Tue and Thu 4:30 PM - 6:20 PM @ BH A53
Studio Locations:   HH B134 (ME Undergrad Lab)
HH C124 (ME Machine Shop)
Hunt Library A5B (IDeATe Studio)

Level:   Introductory graduate course


 Scope of Course        

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).





Class meets 100 minutes twice a week. Students are expected to spend ~9 hours a week for reading, hands-on work, reporting, and meeting with the teaching staff.


Teaching Staff  

Professor Kenji Shimada (Instructor)
     Office: Room 314, Scaife Hall
     Phone: 412.268.3614
     Email: shimada @

Judy Han (Tutor/Grader)
  Email: judyh @
Melissa Zucker (Tutor/Grader)
  Email: mmzucker @
Kelsey Scott (Tutor/Grader)
  Email: kescott @
Aarudra Moudgalya (Tutor/Grader)
  Email: aarudra @
Anselm Mak (Tutor/Grader)
  Email: ajmak @
Anna Mirabella  (Tutor/Grader)
  Email: amirabel @
Genesis Vasquez (Tutor/Grader)
  Email: genesisv @

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