CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY

Digitool

A skills-based class offered through IDeATe, digiTOOL teaches students the basics of digital fabrication. Students are challenged to build a clock, holder, and something that moves. Student's project portfolios may be viewed on the IDeATe gallery.

 
digiTOOL Class Prototype Exercise, 2017; Photo by Louise Larson; Pittsburgh, PA

digiTOOL Class Prototype Exercise, 2017; Photo by Louise Larson; Pittsburgh, PA

digiTOOL Student Laser Project, 2017; Photo by Louise Larson; Pittsburgh, PA

digiTOOL Student Laser Project, 2017; Photo by Louise Larson; Pittsburgh, PA

Engineering Design Process

digiTOOL is a skills-based class. Primary learning objectives include applied Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD) in Fusion360, Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM), and the creation of physical objects using the IDeATe digital fabrication lab. For students to apply, test, and demonstrate their understanding of the material, I teach the engineering design process. Students must use electronic data processing (EDP) to identify and solve a problem that falls within the specified prompt. Once a solution has been identified, students sketch their designs and build prototypes. If time allows, students iterate a second version of their project. 

digiTOOL Student Final 3D Printed Project, 2017; Student Photo; Pittsburgh, PA

digiTOOL Student Final 3D Printed Project, 2017; Student Photo; Pittsburgh, PA

Documentation

Aside from safety and requisite procedural knowledge, documentation is a primary learning objective for digiTOOL. Students are required to document their work. This documentation includes written, rendered, and photographic components. Through this process, students learn to translate and communicate fabrication processes and ideas to unique audiences.