PROTOTYPING FUNDAMENTALS COURSE
- This hands-on course covers all the fundamentals of model / prototype making.
- 19 classes, with 57 hours of instruction in a small group setting.
- 3 Months of Maker Lab Access included.
- Classes are 80% hands-on training. To help build confidence in this subject area.
- These foundational skills are vital for those looking for careers in just about all manufacturing, engineering, prototyping, and maker industries.
- Careers in these fields start at $40,000 a year.
- This course is also ideal for those looking to gain practical skills for personal enrichment.
- Upon finishing the classes and test project, students will receive a Vocademy Certificate of Completion.
Introduction to Fusion 360 CAD software by AutoDesk. User interface, common drawing tools, sketching, dimensioning, going from 2D to 3D shapes, and creating your first 3D modeled part.
Overview of parametric modeling techniques for 2D drawings and 3D models. Incorporating original design intents into the model?s construction. More tools and drawing considerations.
Creating joints and assemblies. Turning models into components, renderings, lofting, and sweeping. Creating effective hard surface models.
Creating 2D drawings/blueprints from CAD models and how to properly dimension. More focus on drawing views and templates. Ensuring models and blueprints have all the necessary information to create accurate physical parts.
Introduction to FDM 3D printing including use of model slicing software to create a 3D print. Finding a 3D model online, 3D printer software basics, transferring information to the printer, proper printer set-up, and safe usage.
Orienting 3D models to maximize strength and minimizing print time. Support structures and fill types using idea maker. Learn differences between material strengths, using ABS filaments and facilitating the use of dual extrusion prints.
Controlling variables to achieving optimal 3D prints. Ideal material selection, pros and cons of certain materials and their properties. Use of glass vs. other types of print platforms. Effects of nozzle and bed temperatures. Awareness of other 3D printing technologies, FDM SLA, SLS, and LOM and manufacturing process.
Finishing techniques and methods such as polishing, sanding, bonding, chemical finishing, sandblasting, and painting. How Layer heights and different filaments assist in creating a better finished product.
Basics of using a CO2 Laser for cutting, engraving, and etching wood based materials. Making a simple drawing, machine software, basic machine controls, safety, and how to cut / engrave / etch simple shapes.
Using graphics software to create laserable designs and fonts. Using a vector program to change text and black & white images from a graphic to vector lines. How to add images and text. Cutting solid woods, plywoods, chipboard, thick papers, and cardboard.
Cutting and etching different types of plastics, foams, fabrics, leathers, and textiles. Materials that are dangerous to laser cut and those that are approved for use on this type of laser.
Basics of using a rotary attachment. Laser cutting and engraving on cylindrical and conical parts. Etching / engraving on difficult materials such as: glass, anodized aluminum, and some metals.
3D papercraft modelling. Pepakura Viewer software. Basic techniques, tools, and types of folds. Material types: foams, cardstocks, and papers. Potential uses and applications in cosplay, modelling, and more.
Using foams to create 3D objects. Different types of foams, thicknesses, proper adhesives, shaping tools, tricks, and professional techniques. Duplicating a pattern, cutting, shaping, and gluing.
How to shape and manipulate thermoplastics into a unique pieces. How it works, forming techniques, adhesives, and Worbla pros and cons. Basic tools, industry tricks and helpful tips.
Fundamentals of using an industrial vacuformer (vacuum forming/thermoforming machine). How to operate the machine controls, components, materials, safety, prep work, loading thermoplastics, and working with a buck/mold. Basic methods of creating the vacuforming buck/mold.
How to use an existing item to make a one sided silicone box mold. How to prepare the mold and create a resin copy of an item. All of the steps required for molding, mold prepping, tools, casting, and safety.
How to create two-sided molds. Basic techniques, professional tips, and tools to create the mold and cast of a multi-sided object. More advanced steps required for molding, mold prepping, tools, casting, and safety.
Practice previously learned Prototyping skills under the supervision of, and with the help of, an instructor. Discussion of personal projects and project ideas.