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DSGN 346: Design for Fabrication

Quarter Offered

Spring : Wednesday and Friday, 11:30am-12:50pm in Ford G.211 ; Michael Beltran


DSGN 106-1,2 and one of the following: DSGN 240, ME240, or DSGN 245, or Instructor consent


Design for fabrication is a course in the optimization of components for production by various means of manufacturing and fabrication. This course accomplishes this task through the review of many standard, and state-of-the-art fabrication methods intended for small scale production and prototyping, to mass production, as well as the materials used in various modern consumer and industrial products. Students will review CNC milling, rapid prototyping and tooling, casting, welding & joining methods, injection molding, and sheet metal stamping. These topics will be reviewed in class lectures, followed by lab sessions focusing on giving students experience in executing the process from start to finish. Students will become proficient in both the advantages and limitations of various fabrication methods, in order to better prepare them for the design of a component. By being versed in these fabrication methods, the design stage can be enhanced with the knowledge of how a part will be put in to production, and the design can be optimized for the chosen method.

Students will complete various small products during the course, using class sessions to fabricate components by different manufacturing methods. Students will likely be required to spend time outside of class completing the fabrication of components. Weekly homework will involve studies of various manufacturing methods, optimization and/or choice of fabrication method for a given part, and practice & preparation for in-class manufacturing of final project components. There will be no final exam.

Learn more about the instructor, Michael Beltran.

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