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MIT/ILP Calendar Event

Rapid Prototyping Technology

June 18-22, 2018


Participants will obtain hands-on exposure to processes commonly used to rapidly fabricate prototypes. Classroom time covers an introductory-level review of the principles that govern the technologies, design for manufacturing, and best practices. Laboratory time includes design of representative components, observation of fabrication by MIT staff, and measurement/inspection of the resulting parts. The course materials cover 3D printing, laser cutting (polymers), waterjet cutting (metals and polymers), CNC milling (metals and polymers), CNC turning (metals and polymers), thermoforming (polymers), silicone molding, and use of a CNC router (wood and/or foam).

Who Should Attend

This course is directed at individuals who need to understand what dominates and limits the capabilities of the rapid prototype fabrication processes that will be covered in the class, and is designed for professionals that are looking to gain knowledge and insight that enables them to select appropriate processes/technologies and then make good design/fabrication/assembly decisions when utilizing the processes. The course would be useful for individuals seeking to better understand how to prototype items, for example: designers, design engineers, directors of engineering, technicians, researchers, makers, model builders, and hobbyists. The lessons learned are highly useful in fields related to design, manufacturing, the arts, architecture, and R&D.

Prerequisite Skills/Knowledge

A technical background including trigonometry and freshman-level physics will enable participants to more fully understand the principles, i.e. the "why," of that which governs the capabilities and limitations of the processes.


Cambridge, MA USA

MIT is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The campus, situated in close proximity to Boston’s Logan International Airport, profits from Boston’s excellent public transportation system and the on-campus Tech Shuttle. The closest subway station is Kendall Square, which acts as a commercial center for MIT and the local community.



MIT Professional Education - Short Programs
Room E48-401
Cambridge, MA 02139
TEL: 617 253 2101 * FAX: 617 258 8831
e-mail: shortprograms@mit.edu

ILP members can save 15% on any MIT Professional Education short course - contact your ILO for details.