"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 seminar course was first offered in 2015 by Dr. Vishal Sachdev and now offered every spring. 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.
You can keep a weekly track of what the students are learning from their reflections on the class blog
- 2017 at http://publish.illinois.edu/digitalmaking2017
- 2016 at http://publish.illinois.edu/digitalmaking2016
- 2015 at http://publish.illinois.edu/digitalmaking
How to Apply: The next session in Spring 2018, will be on Wednesday 9:00 to 11:50am, in BIF 3030(MakerLab) . If you are an Illinois undergrad 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. Information System majors in the college of business can us this as an elective. Applications accepted till November 15th and if I get more applications than seats(21) which is likely, I will announce selections on November 16th.
Weekly updates from Digital Making 2015
- Final Reflections- Digital Making 2017
- Design Auditing- Digital Making 2017
- Exploring the Fab Lab- Digital Making 2017
- Scanning and Prototyping-Digital Making 2017
- Prototyping and Design-Digital Making 2017
- Fostering entrepreneurship and interdisciplinary team work
- Caterpillar supports the MakerLab with a $7500 course and program grant
"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."