4.109
Materials and Fabrication for Architecture

Prerequisites: 
permission of instructor
Lab Fee: 
TBD
Enrollment: 
Limited to 12
Preference Given to: 
1st-year MArch students

The curriculum is designed to cover fundamental skills for beginners, such as driving a screw to join two boards or using a miter saw to quickly and accurately cut several pieces to the same length, but also offers opportunity for experienced fabricators to continue to expand their knowledge be it through multi-axis toolpath programming, precision machining and turning, electronics, robotics, etc. By the end of the course, everyone will have used a range of hand tools, all the basic woodworking machines, and the CNC router, and you will have a few practical (or impractical) objects of your own design to keep. Example projects from prior years include: bottle opener, soap dish, breakfast tray, side table, camera grip, scale mountain range, candle holder, coaster, vase, shelf brackets, and many more.

We will meet primarily in N51-160, and the casting work happens outside, so willingness to work in cold weather is key. Some additional work will be required outside of class time. Anyone enrolled in the class can continue to access the shop during the final week of IAP, if you wish, to finish up a more ambitious project such as a table with several wooden components, etc.

Please pre-register as soon as you can, so that if there's a need to hold a lottery I can let people know whether or not space is available before the semester ends.

Please let me know if there are any questions, and feel free to come by the office to see examples of work from prior years or learn more about the class.