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
Evaluation will be carried out in accordance with Douglas College policy. The instructor will present a written course outline with specific evaluation criteria at the beginning of the semester. Evaluation will be based on the following:
Quizzes: 10% - 20%
Group Project: 20% - 30%
Individual Student Projects (minimum 2): 20% to 40% per project
Students should consult the Douglas College Bookstore for the latest required textbooks and materials. The exact textbook and course materials will be decided by the course instructor. They will be similar to:
- 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