How To Make Something That Makes (almost) Anything
Profs. Neil Gershenfeld and Joseph Jacobson
lecture Fridays 1:00, section Tuesdays 1:00

This is a course on the rapid-prototyping of rapid-prototyping machines, covering the theory and practice of digital fabrication. There will be weekly lectures, a theory section, and machine development projects throughout the semester. MAS.863/4.140 (How To Make (almost) Anything) or equivalent experience is required as a prerequisite.


2/10:introduction (Neil Gershenfeld)
2/14 section: software tools
2/17:multiphysics modeling (Ara Knaian)
2/24:biological processes (Joe Jacobson)
2/28 section: threshold for life
3/2:digital processes (Kenny Cheung)
3/6 section: self-replicating mechanical systems
3/9:analog processes (Adrian Bowyer)
3/13 section: self-replicating code and hardware
3/16:machine design (Alex Slocum)
3/20 section: self-replicating chemical systems
3/23:motion control (Jonathan Ward)
4/6:motor design (Larry Hall, Davis Marks)
4/13:embedded networking (Neil Gershenfeld)
4/17 section: self-replicating biochemical systems
4/20:path planning (Steve Leibman)
4/24 section: error-correcting systems
4/27:design representations (Neil Gershenfeld)
5/2 section: self-evolving systems
5/4:file formats (Hod Lipson)
5/8 section: synthetic organisms and novel genetic codes
5/11:volume scanning (Phil Withers)
5/21:project presentations