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DFAB-104 - Intro. to Subtractive Manufacturing
Introduction To Subtractive Manufacturing introduces carving, CNC milling, and laser cutting into the Digital Fabrication Studio, while exploring the relationship between laser cutting, engraving, and vector graphics in digital fabrication processes. Students will learn advanced Inventor software techniques and how to integrate this knowledge with 3D printing and CAM software to prepare parts for prototyping and manufacturing of objects. In addition, students will learn a variety of techniques for generating vectors based output, using them to create both two-dimensional and three-dimensional forms. Emphasis will be placed on applications development and proper file preparation for output devices. Prerequisite: eligibility for ENGL-101 and MAT-095. Three hours lecture each week. Three credits. Three billable hours. Offered Spring term only.
Academic Level:
Digital Fabrication
Digital Fabrication*
Please see course description for all prerequisites.
Course Objectives: 1. Analyze recent developments in machining and fabrication processes for the production of engineering components and their main areas of application and limitations (PG2). 2. Create physical objects that satisfy product development and prototyping requirements using advanced subtractive manufacturing devices and processes (PG1, PG5). 3. Demonstrate the basic procedures and concepts of programming, set-up, and operation of various subtractive manufacturing technologies for manufacturing simple parts (PG2). 4. Analyze how the physical principles behind the operation of various subtractive manufacturing processes can be used to monitor process capability and performance (PG2). 5. Apply design rules and fabrication techniques in the manufacturing of dimensional components (PG1, PG5). 6. Assess different manufacturing processes for the high volume manufacturing of dimensional components (PG2). 7. Evaluate the benefits and limitations of subtractive and additive manufacturing processes (PG3). 8. Create geometry and toolpaths from specifications on a blueprint for simple parts using CAM software (PG1, PG5). 9. Evaluate the benefits of leveraging subtractive manufaturing tools in the creation of design artifacts (PG3) 10. Design functional prototypes that apply design principles that meet specific human factors and form function criteria (PG1, PG4, PG5).
Intro. to Subtractive Manufacturing
Course: DFAB-104 - Intro. to Subtractive Manufacturing