2022 Prototyping Methodology for Engineering Design

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Academic unit or major
Graduate major in Engineering Sciences and Design
Inaba Kazuaki  Taoka Yuki 
Class Format
Exercise    (Face-to-face)
Media-enhanced courses
Day/Period(Room No.)
Thr5-6(Ishikawadai Bldg.5 Design Factory)  
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Course description and aims

This course focuses on the personal fabrication technology to design and produce products. Topics include basics of industrial design, shaping process, 3D printing, laser cutting, UV printing, milling, and single-board microcontroller.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to select appropriate shaping processes and make their prototypes in the design facility.


Fabrication, Design

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

This course introduces basic knowledges and how to use fabrication tools. Students will have chances to make prototypes by applying knowledge acquired through this course.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Industrial Design, Shaping Process Understand industrial design and shaping process.
Class 2 3D Printer: Modeling & Printing Understand 3D printer and to be able to model and print with 3D printer
Class 3 Laser Cutter Understand laser cutter and to be able to cut and raster materials
Class 4 UV Printer Understand UV printer and to be able to paint materials
Class 5 Single-Board Microcontroller Understand single-board microcontroller and be able to use it.
Class 6 Personal Fabrication Design and fabricate prototypes
Class 7 Presentation Present prototypes and share fabrication methods

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.



Reference books, course materials, etc.

Neil Gershenfeld, Fab: The cominc revolution on your desktop—from personal computers to personal fabrication, Basic Books, (2008)

Assessment criteria and methods

Exercise (35%), Presentation (30%), and report (35%)

Related courses

  • ESD.A402 : Design Thinking Fundamentals
  • ESD.B401 : Engineering Design Advanced
  • ESD.B402 : Engineering Design Project

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)


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