Rapid Prototyping & Human Centered Design

The decentralisation of engineering facilities has led to a vastly lowered barrier to entry, meaning that almost anyone with a computer and spare time in the evenings can design a solution to a problem their friends/families/communities experience.
In this course, we will explore the modern tools such an engineer can use, from social to software toolboxes, including:

-Rapid idea testing and people interviewing
-Principles of human centered design
-CAD design
-3D printing
-Basics of PCB Design (if necessary)
-Methods of outsourcing production
-ChatGPT (with and without GPT-4 subscription)

We will attempt to build a real world solution to a real world problem, which you’ll be able to vote on before the start of the course.

The course will be relatively information and skill-dense, but no special knowledge apart from very basic computer skills is required. The course is suitable for people wanting to pursue various fields, from art to engineering, as well as for the occasional hobbyist.

By the end of the course, you should be able to:

-Identify a problem that needs solving
-Propose a solution and discuss the best way to solve it
-Design a model in CAD software
-Use a 3D printer
-Order cheap parts from China – yes, it’s also a skill ;)

Bringing a laptop will not be necessary.

Jakub Zálešák

Jakub is half-scientist, half maker by heart and profession. He loves to build stuff with people and understand the world. Growing up in the Czech Republic, travelling the world and , he felt he still needed a bit more adventure, so in his third and final year at UCL (Studying Physics with Medical Physics), he bought, fixed and sold a canal boat he lived on. He founded and taught several debate clubs, ran workshops for Engieers Withtou Borders and ocassionally sang in operas. Today, he works as a Research Engineer at Gowerlabs, where he builds brain implants and standardizes the quality of imaging products. He hopes to be able share his knowledge and pass onto others what he continues to learn.

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