Fall | Prereq: None | Units: (3-3-3) 9 unit
Lecture: MW3:30-5 PM in Room 5-134 | Lab: TBD, Survey will be sent to registered students
Description: Tools affect nearly every facet of human existence, empowering us by amplifying our abilities. In this introductory product design course, students will explore the dual roles that engineers play as both tool users and tool makers. The first half of the semester will be dedicated to developing skills with engineering tools and practices, including CAD-based problem solving, digital fabrication workflows, and microcontroller programming. Throughout, students will maintain a critical eye towards understanding what makes or breaks these as effective and enjoyable tools. This practical foundation will lead into a series of two projects in the second half of the term, starting with an exploration of machine design and control as important mediums for tool design, and culminating in a product design challenge where students design and validate new tool concepts through a user-centric lens. Lectures and activities will cover topics related to the product design process, while providing thoughtful exposure to a range of tools spanning the gamut from hand tools to hybrid digital tools. Additionally, guest lectures from practicing tool designers will provide insights into the field as well as career paths in mechanical engineering. Enrollment limited due to space constraints.