DMF-100 CAD (Solidworks & Light-lift Software)
This course equips students to be proficient in SolidWorks software interface, tool-set use and best practices. Students will learn to utilize a wide range of straightforward and “light-lift” (easy-to-use) software platforms—such as Meshmixer, Fusion 360 and SketchUp—to support and streamline the use of the CAD SolidWorks tool. Students will design three-dimensional models that may be produced as actual physical artifacts via Computer Numeric Control (CNC) and Rapid Prototyping (3D Printing).
DMF-200 Design Principles I
Design Principles I helps students develop a foundation of design principles, theories and techniques to be used in the service of the creation of consumer and light industrial objects. Students will develop processes for integrating ideation and iteration principles to develop and refine workflow process and designs, as well as demonstrate the ability to integrate basic machine-shop principles and practice, Intro CAM and CNC programming, and CNC machining systems with design principles and additive manufacturing.
DMF-300 Design Principles II - Laser Scanning and Photogrammetry
Design Principles II focuses on advanced design-theory principles and the ability to use design by alteration to create new work from pre-existing objects. Students will explore design research methods, the ability to use contemporary ornamentation in their workflow and work to increase functionality and/or aesthetics. Additionally, students will learn fundamental laser scanning and photogrammetry technique, and will create 3D files using these tools.
DMF-400 Basic Machine Shop Principles
This course will provide an overview of the broad scope of basic machine shop principles and introduce the student to the machine shop environment, manual machining, turning tools and part holding methods. Course material will focus on safe material handling, safe operation of equipment, and the importance of proper equipment maintenance. Students will learn to use measurement tools, and develop an ability to interpret blueprints and understand shop level dimensions and tolerances, along with understanding mathematic skills needed for manufacturing parts.
DMF-500 Computer Aided Manufacturing
This course focuses on understanding G and M code language and how they apply to different types of machines. Students learn the CNC Machine Coordinate system, and develop knowledge of different CAD file formats and how the CAD files are used in the manufacturing process. Students will develop proper machining and turning methods and will learn how to access technical data required for this task. Finally, students will learn the MasterCAM User Interface and part modeling tools, create a CNC process model, and produce CNC code to safely function in CNC machines.
DMF-600 CNC Machining Systems
Students will develop a working knowledge of controls for CNC Machining Centers, CNC Turning Centers and 2-Axis CNC Profiling Systems. They will develop an understanding of the Work Coordinate System as it relates to different types of machines, and understand the setup of CNC tooling and how to apply set-up techniques to different types of machines. Students will develop skills to safely run an initial part, complete a first part inspection, and understand advance fixture and program techniques for efficient production environments.
DMF-700 Rapid Prototyping & Additive Tech
Students will be introduced to various additive manufacturing tool interfaces while developing knowledge of the tool characteristics, best practices, maintenance, consumables/materials and tool tendencies. Students will be equipped with the skills to predict which tool is best for the production of a specific object/artifact. Students will demonstrate the skills necessary to operate a suite of additive technologies tools using SolidWorks design 3D objects, to be fabricated on each of the tools.
DMF-800 Physical Computing
In the Physical Computing course, students receive theoretical, technical and hands-on experience with do-it-yourself “tinkerer” technologies. Students will qualify in light electronics, sensors, data and user-friendly circuit boards such as Arduino and Raspberry Pi. Students will revisit tools and technologies previously covered and view them through the lens of an inventor or specialist.
DMF-900 Career Readiness Skills
The Career Readiness Skills course is designed to prepare students for gainful employment using the aptitude and knowledge acquired throughout the program. Group and individual student counseling sessions are conducted to lead each student to personal insight concerning their preferences for externship experience, and more importantly their long-term vocational interests. Career preparation includes a focus on resume writing, interviewing, and research skills in relation to externship and job opportunities.
DMF-1000A Industry Track 1: Innovative Designer / Maker
This optional track teaches student’s entrepreneurial skills and philosophies, equipping them to work in a new company startup environment, or with an established mid-sized company in a design¬ focused business environment; or to start and manage their own business, developing designs and producing physical artifacts.
DMF-1000B Industry Track 2: CNC & Additive Technology Technician
This optional track teaches students key skills to be a general problem-solver and liaison between manufacturing and other workplace departments in a wide variety of businesses. Specifically, students will be able to assist a company in improving products and reducing costs and demonstrate the ability to create and give public presentations. Students will demonstrate the ability to integrate workplace culture into their own workflow and work practice while understanding principles of team building.
DMF-1100A & 1100B Industry Externship (Track 1 or 2)
To support students in the formation of career and employment related goals, each student undertakes a significant experiential learning opportunity with a company engaged in relevant processes and technologies. The externship represents an educational strategy that links classroom learning and student interest with the acquisition of experience in an applied work setting.
Tuition including materials & shop fees = $21,700
- Classes begin: September 5
- Session Term: September 5, 2017 - May 18, 2018
- Winter Vacation: December 23, 2017 - January 5, 2018
- Externship: April 23, 2018 - May 18, 2018
- Graduation: June 2, 2018
Students embark on a significant experiential learning opportunity embedding with an industry partner for the final four weeks of the program. Externships are 100% off-campus in companies leveraging digital modeling and fabrication to drive their success. Students apply methodology, technology, and operational practices in real time while deepening their understanding of career prospects.
DM&F culminates with a capstone project that immerses students in the design process from ideation to iteration, with both individual and team-based project components. Students will project manage their vision end-to-end, bringing to life a three-dimensional object by their design.