Digital Making


“I did not simply learn in this course; this course transformed the way that I think.”

The third industrial revolution is upon us, and we have the ability to create functional products on our desktop by using some inexpensive and accessible tools. This course will help you get trained on many of these tools and technologies and make things. We will explore 3D scanning, modeling and printing to rapidly prototype products. We will experiment with open hardware /micro-controllers such as arduinos  and smaller form factors for e-textiles, to explore the concept of the internet of things. We will also have guest lectures in entrepreneurship, design thinking, digital making and some stories from passionate makers from the community and beyond.This new seminar course is being offered by Dr. Vishal Sachdev. This is one of two courses at the lab, the other being Making Things. We are thankful for the support from our partners for sponsoring these courses.

Updates from the course in Spring 2016 are on the MakerLab blog, and can be accessed on this page  or you can keep a weekly track of what the students are learning from their reflections on the class blog at http://publish.illinois.edu/digitalmaking .

How to Apply: The next session in Spring 2017, will be on Mondays 2:00 to 4:50 pm, in BIF 3030(MakerLab) .  If you are an Illinois undergraduate student and interested in taking the class, please send your resume to the instructor( Vishal AT illinois DOT edu) , with a short note explaining your interest in the course and any skills/passions in making that you bring to the course. Applications accepted till November 15th and if I get more applications than seats(21), I will announce selections on November 16th.

Student Testimonials

“Walking into the MakerLab was one of the first times I really felt excitement in one of my classes all year. With MakerBots whirring around the room, creating real objects from digital files as blueprints and plastic filament as substance, I felt extremely overwhelmed by the potential in that room.”

“The uses for 3D scanning and printing are endless, and it is so thrilling to be a part of discovering why!”

“And as I am actually a Finance and Accountancy sophomore in the University of Illinois, I didn’t have as many chances to access high tech as engineering students. This [class] really give me the chance to try different ways possible to make an idea come true.

“As for the Maker Movement, there is a lot of momentum for the MakerLab and its impact on this university.”

Hear about one of the student projects which has become a business, creating an impact on several lives

Spring 2016 syllabus

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