sketchbook (I recommend gridded / graphing)
Pencils / pens !
Laptop + 3 button mouse + pad
Camera / cell phone with camera
Scissors, exacto knife, tape, mini measuring tape
Supplies for each project (find / purchase your own or purchase limited materials / quantities in house)
Fusion 360 (autodesk)
Slicer for Fusion 360 (autodesk)
Photoshop (adobe) Blender
This course is held in the fabrication lab. The safety policies regarding the number of students able to work in the shop at one time exist for good reason, and so this class has a strict cap of 14 students. There is no flexibility. Students who are enrolled and present during the first class will have priority for enrollment. If you do not get in to this class this quarter, please try again next quarter.
(Direct from Fab Lab Safety Manual!)
- Proper shop clothing must be worn at all times, including long pants and closed-toe shoes. Sandals and flip flops are prohibited. (Heels are not advised either)
- No loose clothing may be worn, including ties, scarves, loose sleeves, and loose skirts.
- Remove loose jewelry before beginning work; including rings, necklaces, bracelets and watches.
- Long hair must be pulled back and secured and contained; long beards must also be contained.
Students are expected to be present and on time to class every day. Absences should be excused by a doctor’s note, comparable documentation, or an email from me a week in advance in which I say you are excused for a valid reason. Your 2nd unexcused absence will result in a 2% drop in your final grade, your 3rd, a 4% drop, your 4th, an 8% drop, your 5th, 16%, etc. If you are over 30 minutes late it will count as an absence unless you are excused.
Please note: All “work days” on the syllabus are for working on projects and you are required to be in class. This is not an opportunity to work at home. This is the only time your class and only your class will have individual shop time. The lab / shop is open and there for you to use — so be ready to work!
This can only work negatively for your grade as described in the attendance policy.
Participation - 15%
Verbal, critical, and informed participation in class. Productive use of lab hours, work time, and attendance could also effect this grade.
Assignments (15) - 25%
Completed on time, assignments will be graded on concept, execution, and effort (including quality of blog post). Each assignment will be graded out of 5 points.
Projects (4) - 60%
Completed on time, projects will be graded on concept, execution, and effort.
Project I Polygons- Due Oct 9 - 8%
Project II Curved Surfaces - Due Oct 16 - 10%
Project III Boolean Operations - Due Nov 1- 12%
Project IV (group) Due Nov 15 - 14%
Project V Interactive Object - Due Dec 6 - 16%
A: 90-100, B: 80-90, C: 70-80, D: 60-70, F: 60 and below
Projects will usually be graded on technique (including technical construction method and precision), aesthetic (visual appearance, texture, feel, think of this as the level of sensory pleasure derived from object), and concept (this includes originality, uniqueness of form or vision, ideas conveyed by work and surrounding information which could include the use of interesing materials, a unique construction process, an interesting decision-making process, or a drive / motivation for the work that extends beyond simply satisfying the project requirements).
Projects and assignments may be turned in up to four days late with a 10% deduction. Projects and assignments handed in any later cannot be accepted, as this course is so short and will move quickly! You may re-do any project or assignment you have already handed in on time for a chance for another grade. You may do this at any time and I will re-grade the work with a 5% deduction.
Extra credit assignments may be spontaneously offered throughout the semester. These usually include a written response to lecture, attended event or exhibition (if posted to the blog by an agreed upon date). Please inquire with Isla.
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