Feb 09, 2023  
2019-2020 Archived Catalog 
    
2019-2020 Archived Catalog

TECH-120 Introduction to Fab Lab

Credits 2 / 2 Contact Hours
Prerequisite: Placement into RDNG-016  (ACSR-016) Students must provide: Safety Glasses USB Drive (aka:Jump Drive) 3-Ring Binder.
This is an introduction to personal fabrication and is modeled on Neil Gershenfelds fab labs concept at MIT and around the world. Students will learn to use commercially available technologies to conceptualize design develop fabricate and test objects. This course will cover the computer software and contemporary tools needed for cutting milling engraving electrical and rapid prototype development. The fab lab is designed to explore interests in graphic design visual arts business computer-assisted design physical and natural science and mathematics as well as engineering and other advanced technologies.

Course Outcomes
1. Define the term “fab lab” 2. Explain the role and purpose of fab labs in the US and worldwide 3. Comply to the safety requirements of the lab 4. Follow lab equipment and material checkout procedures 5. Follow proper safety procedure to insure safety of self and machine (laser cutter/etcher) 6.Utilize software design tools and prepare image/artwork for export to cutter 7. Set up laser cutter/etcher based on material type and desired effect 8. Follow proper safety procedure to insure safety of self and machine (vinyl cutter) 9. Utilize software design tools and prepare image/artwork for export to cutter 10. Set up vinyl cutter based on material type and desired effect 11. Access and modify part files 12. Process job file 13. Process prototype and conduct build 14. Follow proper safety procedure to insure safety of self and machine (electronics bench) 15. Construct basic electronic circuit 16. Measure electrical parameters 17. Follow proper safety procedure to insure safety of self and machine (ShopBot) 18. Assist with the basic operation of machine and understand station constraints 19. Follow proper safety procedure to insure safety of self and machine (TorchMate) 20. Assist with the basic operation of machine and understand station constraints 21. Follow proper safety procedure to insure safety of self and machine (CNC Routing/Prototype Mill) 22. Assist with the basic operation of machine and understand station constraints