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Course Offers Hands-On Learning for Rapid-Prototyping Methods

Course Offers Hands-On Learning for Rapid-Prototyping Methods

MIT Professional Education is offering a short program for Rapid Prototyping Technology that teaches students the benefits and limitations of rapid-prototyping fabrication methods. It’s suited for various audiences ranging from design engineers to makers and hobbyists. The course counts for 3.3 Continuing Education Units (CEU), and works toward building a well-rounded portfolio for students.

Instructed by Professor Martin L. Culpepper, director of the MIT Precision Compliant Systems Laboratory, the class offers hands-on learning, with lab work occupying more than a third of the time. The balance of class time is dedicated to lecture, group work, and discussion. The course addresses the fundamentals of rapid prototyping, the latest developments in industry, and industry applications.

Discussion and lab work covers topics including 3D printing, laser cutting of polymers, waterjet cutting and CNC milling for metals and polymers, and thermoforming. Attendees will also learn about foam cutting, silicone molding, and using a CNC router for wood and foam.

The class takes place at the MIT campus in Cambridge, Mass. from July 20-24, 2015 between 9:00 am and 4:30 pm and 9:00 am to 2:30 pm on the final day. View the 2015 Course Schedule and registration times here.

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