How to make (almost) anything
AbstractThe course is a hands-on introduction to the tools that are necessary to design and develop physical artefacts.
This course is the first course of the Robotics specialisation.
The course will give an overview of the most important manufacturing methods like 3D printing, NC milling, laser cutting or moulding. In addition, we will explain how to design simple electric circuits to handle sensors and actuators and how to design printed circuit boards. These techniques will allow students to design physical prototypes on their own at the end of the course.
The topics for each lecture could be:
Lecture 1: The design process, 3D modelling and assemblies
Lecture 2: 3D printing
Lecture 3: Laser, water jet and plasma cutting and basic techniques (drilling, sawing, tapping, etc. )
Lecture 4: Machine elements (bearings, gears, belts, fasteners, etc.) and mechanisms
Lecture 5: Electronics, sensors and actuators
Lecture 6: Microcontroller programming and advanced sensors and actuators
Lecture 7: PCB design
Lecture 8: Milling and turning
Lecture 9: Moulding
There are no formal prerequisites for this course. A completed course on programming such as "Introductory Programming" will be helpful but is not mandatory.
It is recommended to have taken the IxD Workshop Courses (Basic access, Laser license and 3D printing license) https://ixdlab.itu.dk/ixd-workshop-introduction-courses/. These courses will allow you to use the IxD and REAL workshops during the course. However, we will run special courses for the students who did not take them.
Intended learning outcomes
After the course, the student should be able to:
- analyse and compare the main manufacturing methods
- model 3D parts and assemblies using Computer Aided Design (CAD) Software at beginner level
- select the best manufacturing process for a component
- design simple electronic systems and circuit boards
- Use different manufacturing techniques on custom-designed parts
- Design complete, but simple mechatronic systems and prototype small mechanisms
Ordinary examExam type:
D: Submission of written work with following oral, External (7-point scale)
D2G: Submission for groups with following oral exam supplemented by the submission. Shared responsibility for the report.