Lectures, demonstrations, and hands on lab work.
This project course will introduce students to mechanical fabrication. Students will design, build, and prototype devices. Students will learn to safely operate a variety of tools and fabrication technologies such as:
- A variety of general cutting, shaping, and finishing tools such as motorized shears, wrenches, vice grips, files, and sand paper.
- CNC (Computer Numerical Control) Machine
- Laser Cutter
- TIG (Tungsten Inert Gas) Welders
- Spot Welders
- 3D Printing
- Press Brake
- Drill Press
- Dremel tool
After taking this course, the student will be able to:
- Explain the procedures for working safely in a rapid prototyping workshop.
- Explain the operating principles of all the fabrication machines and technologies covered in the course.
Demonstrate with the fabrication machines and technologies covered in the course:
- Safe operation
- Ability to design and create new devices
- Ability to modify or augment existing devices or apparatuses
- Ability to fabricate prototype devices
Quizzes: 10% - 20%
Group Project: 20% - 30%
Individual Student Projects (minimum 2): 20% to 40% per project
Teaching materials will be decided by the instructor at the time of the course offering. Resources such as:
Douglas College Custom Courseware on Mechanical Prototyping
"Machine Shop Trade Secrets: A Guide to Manufacturing Machine Shop Practices" by James Harvey, current edition
"Makers: The New Industrial Revolution" by Chris Anderson, current edition