How to Make Almost Anything

Current Program Details

Course Description

This course is an introduction to "personal digital fabrication" using the UW-Stout Discovery Center Fab Lab, modeled after the Fab Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Center for Bits and Atoms (CBA). It is designed for innovators, inventors, entrepreneurs, artists, and individuals allowing people to move from ideas into production using modern digital equipment. Students will use laser cutters, 3-D printers, vinyl cutters, ShopBot CNC routers, desktop milling machines and other digital and analog tools in order to fabricate and test their design projects. The program is designed to allow students to explore their interests in a variety of fields including graphic design, art, business, computer-assisted design (CAD), physical and natural science, mathematics, and engineering and others.

Prerequisite(s): None

Recommendations: Previous experience with CAD or other design Software

Course Objectives

1. Describe the history and concepts of the Fab Lab.
2. List the equipment in the Fab Lab.
3. Explain equipment safety procedures.
4. Describe various software titles used in the lab.
5. Demonstrate the use of the laser cutter.
6. Demonstrate the use of the mini-milling machines.
7. Demonstrate the use of the vinyl cutter.
8. Demonstrate the use of the 3D printer.
9. Demonstrate the use of the ShopBot router.
10. Identify molding & casting procedures.
11. Describe various material joining methods.
12. Describe acrylic fabrication.
13. Create images for manufacturing.
14. Create a final project.




Contact Information

Professional Education Programs and Services
221 10th Avenue E
Menomonie, WI 54751

Phone: 715.232.2793
Fax: 715.232.3385