How to Make (Almost) Anything OpenCourseWare: MIT's Free Graduate Level Course on Fabrication and Design

Published Jan 29, 2009

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Learn more than just how to make almost anything, learn how the tools used to make everything work. An OpenCourseWare version of 'How to Make (Almost) Anything' is offered free online by MIT. The Department of Media Arts and Sciences at MIT originally offered this course.

How to Make (Almost) Anything: Course Specifics

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How to Make (Almost) Anything: Course Description

'How to Make (Almost) Anything' OpenCourseWare explores how to handle tools employed in fabrication and how the tools actually work. Taught by Professor Neil Gershenfeld and Professor Issac Chuang through lectures and labs, the course was offered by the Media Arts and Sciences Department at MIT. The course provides a solid introduction to fabrication and design of smart systems, which include CAD, CAM and CAE; laser cutting, injection molding, 3-D printing and NC machining; PCB fabrication and layout; actuators and sensors; analog instrumentation; wireless and wired communications. Lecture topics include design tools, NC, waterjet and laser knife cutting, microcontroller programming, circuit design and joining and forming.

This OpenCourseWare version of 'How to Make (Almost) Anything' includes selected lecture notes, related links and some assignments. Those interested in learning more about this course can visit the machine fabrication and design course page

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