MAS.863 How to Make (Almost) Anything

Fall 2002

Photo of the MIT Media Lab waterjet cutter at work.
Photo of the MIT Media Lab waterjet cutter at work. (Courtesy of Prof. Neil Gershenfeld and Prof. Issac Chuang.)

Course Highlights

This class teaches the use of several types of CAD/CAM machines, and techniques for making literally 'almost anything'. The lecture notes include valuable tips on how to make those machines work, and links to other web sites with detailed information on the world of CAD/CAM.

Course Description

This course provides a hands-on introduction to the resources for designing and fabricating smart systems, including CAD/CAM/CAE; NC machining, 3-D printing, injection molding, laser cutting; PCB layout and fabrication; sensors and actuators; analog instrumentation; embedded digital processing; wired and wireless communications. This course also puts emphasis on learning how to use the tools as well as understand how they work.
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Prof. Neil Gershenfeld
Prof. Issac Chuang

Course Meeting Times

One session / week
3 hours / session