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Design Innovation

Make Anything, Sell Anything

Course Overview: 

In true maker style, we took our most popular mini-makers, ripped out the unnecessary stuff, added a heap of detail, a killer application, and smorgasbord of experiments to create the Utopian Swiss army knife of innovation. The encouragement of a creative thinking process incorporated throughout the program is essential to prepare you to act as a leader and innovator in this rapidly changing, quick to market technology driven economy. Classes are held within a working makerspace, a growing movement of hands-on, mentor-led learning environments that's part classroom, part workshop and part think tank. Throughout the program, students are given multiple opportunities to reinforce and explore the learned concepts both individually and in a team environment using electronic components, 3D printers, Arduino micro-controllers, laser cutters and all the Makerspace has to offer.

Who Should Attend: 

This course is designed for all levels.

Acquired Skills: 

You will earn how to use basic fabrication equipment.


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Course Outline: 

This course contains the following modules:

Module Topics
Making 2D
  • laser cutting
  • 2D design with Inkscape
  • building 3D objects with 2D
Making 3D
  • additive vs subtractive
  • 3D printing
  • 3D design with TinkerCad, Blender and Autodesk Inventor
  • creating containers
  • designing multipart objects
  • materials and making
Making With Electronics
  • basic electronics (LEDs, transistors, Hall Effect sensors, switches, pullups/pulldowns, relays)
  • powering things (introduction to volts,amps, watts, AC/DC and voltage regulators
  • introduction to Arduino (debounce, PWM, on/off
  • making things move (servos, DC motors, stepper motors)
  • controlling via H Bridge & L293d
  • software tools and environments
Making Programs
  • controlling the Arduino
  • making things move
  • serial communications
  • ICSP programming
  • I2C
  • SPI
  • Ethernet & Bluetooth
Making Machines that Make
  • X,Y
  • X,Y,Z
Making Machines that Play
  • Drawbots
  • 3D Printing Examples

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