CAD / 3D MODELING | DMF-100
Learn industry standard 3D modeling software for parametric, surface, and basic sculpting applications. Primary emphasis on SolidWorks, plus Rhino and Fusion 360. Other programs such as Meshmixer and Inkscape introduced as appropriate. Design 3D models and produce them via CNC machining and 3D printing. Understand and develop technical communication such as engineering drawings and 3D models.
DESIGN PRINCIPLES I | DMF-200
Learn design principles used in creating consumer and industrial objects. Develop approaches for quick idea generation. Develop those ideas quickly with fundamental quick prototyping, sketch models, thinking with your hands. Projects coordinated with other courses make a clear connection between design and fabrication.
DESIGN PRINCIPLES II | DMF-300
Further develop design competency with the addition of research methods, exploring user expectations, function optimization, and styling exercises. As design problems become broader and more complex, students are able to expand and refine their individual design processes. Learn scanning and photogrammetry techniques to create 3D files for enhanced design and engineering expertise. This course is also closely integrated with the fabrication courses, reinforcing the deep connection between making and creating.
BASIC MACHINE SHOP PRINCIPLES | DMF-400
Learn basic machine shop principles, the shop environment, drill press, tapping, bandsaw, belt sander, manual machining with 3-axis vertical mill and metal lathe, part holding methods, safe shop practices, mechanical fasteners, and other related skills. Laser cutting and vacuum forming are also covered. Use measurement tools, interpret technical drawings and understand shop level dimensions and tolerances.
COMPUTER AIDED MANUFACTURING | DMF-500
Building on analog machine tool practices from DMF-400, develop a sound understanding of computer numerical controlled (CNC) machining. Learn G and M code languages and how they apply to different machines. Use the CNC machine coordinate system with MasterCAM toolpath software and part modeling tools to develop a workflow for CNC fabrication.
CNC MACHINING SYSTEMS | DMF-600
Hands-on operation of CNC 3-axis Milling Centers, CNC Turning Centers, and 2-Axis CNC Profiling Systems. Use the Work Coordinate System with different machines and understand setup of CNC tooling. Run an initial part, complete part inspections, and understand advanced fixture techniques for efficient production environments. Additional use of the technologies in ongoing projects.
RAPID PROTOTYPING & ADDITIVE TECH | DMF-700
Learn additive manufacturing tool interfaces and develop knowledge of system characteristics, best practices, maintenance, consumables/materials, and tool tendencies. Operate a suite of additive technologies tools including FDM, fused deposition modeling; SLA, stereolithography; and PB, powder binding.
PHYSICAL COMPUTING | DMF-800
Introduction to technical, hands-on “tinkerer” technologies including electronics principles, sensors, output devices, and user-friendly circuit boards. Combined with tools and technologies covered previously in the program, students will execute a project that incorporates physical computing with digital modeling and fabrication.
CAREER READINESS SKILLS DMF-900
Develop personal insight into your career trajectory. You will engage with career and industry experts to discover and explore your path, plus develop your resume and networking skills.
INDUSTRY EXTERNSHIP DMF-1100
Learn from professionals in the field who are using 3D modeling and fabrication to drive their businesses. The externship links classroom learning to student interests and career prospects in real time.
Please note, this curriculum is undergoing regular improvement, and is subject to change.