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
-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.
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