Making your first Prototype: Design Thinking & 3D Printing
What you'll learn
- mechanical engineering
- product design
- design thinking
- additive manufacturing
- 3D Printing
- 3D modeling
- 3D Design
- Ultimaker Cura
- industrial design
- Mouse & PC/Laptop
- Must have Fusion 360
What is prototyping?
An experimental process where individuals, makers or learners implement ideas into tangible forms.Building a prototype and testing it can help us understand and analyze the concept model better. It also gives us critical feedback allowing us to improve the existing solution by exploring the problem areas in depth & resolve it by creating new solutions.
Prototyping is a necessary step of Design Thinking process, bringing us clarity of Design, early feedback, saving time & cost, evaluating technical feasibility and building marketing communication.
Earlier, we would use cardboard, wood and DIY supplies to make tangible models, until the advent of 3D Printing, that can just make the prototype straight up, by doing all the hardworking in the digital design itself.
3D Printing or Additive Manufacturing has come a long way since it was first developed in the 1980s by Chuck Hull. It originated as a toll for rapid prototyping and is now used for making multiple applications.It is big in the Aerospace & Defense sector, one of the earliest adopters of 3D Printing, heavily contributing to ongoing research efforts within the industry.
Overall 3D printing can be used to make the following things as per the industry guidelines:
What do you learn in the course?
In this course we will explore digitally designing simple tools & viable mechanism prototypes that we use in everyday life, even unconsciously and see their motion mechanics using Fusion360. We will learn how simple prototyping is, once you follow the best design practices. 3D Printing helps us create really accurate & high resolution prototypes of varying sizes and functionality, the magic lies in the Design thinking & the digital transformation that can make Anything Anytime Anywhere.
Who this course is for:
- engineering students
- Industrial designers
- 3D Printing enthusiasts
Shweta is a Social entrepreneur & Innovator working passionately to impart education and improve awareness about 3D printing.
She is a Mechanical engineer who is an expert in the field of Additive Manufacturing, connecting 3D printing to the multitude of application segments in Education, Healthcare, Jewelry & Architecture.
She has completed her M.S. in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering from Rutgers University, NJ, USA.
She has been an active voice in the field of Innovation & Design Thinking, for the past 10 years, and has also helped build Digital Fabrication & DIY labs for schools & maker-spaces, all over the world. An advocate for women empowerment & STEM learning, NJ Ambassador for Women in 3D Printing, Founder of educational startups, The Art of Making Foundation, 3Ducators LLC, Shweta has been helping small businesses, communities, schools & individuals grow by utilizing sustainable solutions by harnessing the power of Design & Additive Manufacturing.