ENGI 210 is a course that teaches students how to convert their ideas into physical objects.

Over the course of 15 weeks students will learn the following tools and techniques: drawing/sketching, low fidelity prototyping, 2D drawing (with Illustrator), laser cutting, plasma cutting, post-processing and finishing parts, 3D drawing (CAD), CNC Machining, 3D printing, and casting/molding. Students will strip a large consumer device to component parts, laser cut a War Owl, plasma cut their home state, build a complex machine with moving parts, and cast an object with novel geometry.

A playlist of the work from the Spring 2015 midterm can be found here:

For Educators: technically worded course specifics are below:

Course Objectives and Outcomes

Students will acquire basic to intermediate-level proficiency in the physical fabrication of objects for engineering design related projects. Students will train with the instructor and other students and work individually and in groups on projects.

Course Objectives. Students should learn:

  1. Sketching, drawing, and CAD as a medium to communicate and iterate initial prototype ideas.
  2. Advanced prototyping and fabrication skills useful in the construction of physical objects.
  3. How to utilize toolchains to string together multiple manufacturing processes to translate an idea into a physical part.
  4. A critical eye to objectively discuss the post-processing and finishing of objects.

Course Outcomes. Students completing this course will be able to:

  1. Rapidly prototype, via models or sketching, rough ideas to communicate an integrated project or a functional design block.
  2. Create, prepare, or modify a digital file and fabricate an object/part using a laser cutter, plasma cutter, or vinyl cutter.
  3. Modify a digital file encoding an object to the correct dimensions, tolerances, and geometry to produce the objects using manufacturing/fabrication techniques.
  4. Produce a positive and negative of a designed part using a combination of advanced manufacturing techniques such as 3D printing, CNC Machining, and molding/casting.
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