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lecture: A practical prototyping primer

A rather unstructured selection of things I wished I knew 10 years ago.

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This will be a rapid-fire, tips-and-tricks lecture on practical prototyping.
It will cover a series of practical tips, strategies & techniques, illustrated with all the mistakes I made over the past 10 years designing & building stuff.
The lecture is intended for a non-specialized audience with a basic understanding of what a lasercutter, a 3D-printer and a milling machine does.

Lieven Standaert coördinates Fablab Brussels for the department of Engineering Technology, Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
He teaches a hands-on robotics class to 2nd year engineering students.

The talk wil cover:

-different kinds of plastics. Some you can glue, some you can’t. Some you can laser cut, some you can’t.
Don’t say plastic, say PVC.

-glues, do’s and don’t-s. Sometimes glue is great, often it sucks.

-safety equipment; good gloves and stuff. It costs money. It’s worth it.

-What do you want in your toolbox if you are just starting out?
When do you buy the cheap Chinese stuff and where do you invest in more high-quality tools?

-my favorite tools

-metals, do’s and don’t –s . Welding vs bolting.

-types of bolts and nuts

-prototyping and manufacturing techniques and strategies: 2d-metalwork, vacuum forming, design for assembly,…

-design for 3D-printing

I intend to develop this lecture into an introduction for my new students next October, who are just beginning to use the fablab machinery & tools.

I intend to develop this lecture into an introduction for my new students next October, who are just beginning to use the fablab machinery & tools. So if you are an experienced builder some of this stuff might be too basic for you.
On the other hand I intend to give the kind of talk I enjoy watching myself.

Info

Day: 2015-08-15
Start time: 18:30
Duration: 00:30
Room: Simulacron-3
Track: Hardware & Making
Language: en

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