3D Design and Printing: Bring Your Creativity to Life This Fall!

Design-Build Experience: Introduction to 3D Design and Fabrication 

The Introduction to 3D Design & Fabrication section of CMPM 17 is a class designed to give students the opportunity to learn introductory level skills associated with 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) and 3D printing.  CAD software is frequently used by different types of engineers and designers. CAD software can be used to create two-dimensional (2-D) drawings or three-dimensional (3-D) models.

Students will learn how to use the industry standard 3D design software, SolidWorks, to design their own projects that will later be manufactured using3D printers. Students will be introduced to SolidWorks through mini-design exercises ( e.g. learn how to design and 3D print  lego pieces) that will prepare them to create a final fabrication project design of their own choosing. Concepts such as rapid prototyping and iterative design will be explored and will culminate in a final project in which students get the freedom to design and fabricate something of entirely their own design. Students will gain an array of skills including: Post Processing ; CAD design(Solidworks) , 3D Printing (Prusa Mini), STL Slicing (Ultimaker Cura), Sourcing/ importing parts,  Creating Mechanical Drawings and how to keep an engineering notebook. This course is designed to be both challenging and fun, while giving students the opportunity to apply their new-found skills to create something they can be proud of.

See the Course Syllabus for more detailed info. 

CMPM 17 Design-Build Experience: Fall 2023  

General Course Information

The goal of Design Build Experience is to introduce and practice a variety of concepts, skills, and strategies fundamental to engineering design and creative projects. Students will be trained in the engineering design cycle through project iteration and implementation from a holistic perspective, taking into account economic viability, resource efficiency, social resilience, ecological impact and ethical responsibility. Students will learn discipline-specific concepts while designing and building a tangible product that necessarily requires the safe use of tools and equipment available in a makerspace facility. Due to the 10-week time constraint design projects will, of necessity, be limited in scope. In-person lab attendance is required and it will be difficult to make up this time if classes are missed.

After completing this Design Build Experience, students are welcome to apply what they have learned to their own personal projects or to form/join a collaborative design team or student club within SlugWorks. In most cases, the completion of the course will result in a learner being approved to use specific equipment on their own. 

Note that each instance of Design Build Experience focuses on a specific technical topic with associated final project, equipment-use, and foundational knowledge. Thus, students can elect to enroll in any variant featuring a topic or skill of personal interest. Design-Build courses can be repeated for credit and do not have prerequisites.