LASER CUT ANIMALS
The first model-making assignment of the semester asks students to use the laser cutter to design and build a model of an animal out of wood. Students first create a sketch model of their animal out of cardstock and then use Adobe Illustrator to create the necessary vector art.
BLUE FOAM MODELS
For the second model-making assignment of the semester students use hand tools such as x-acto knives and hot wire cutters to carve objects out of blue foam.
3D PRINTED COOKIE CUTTERS
For the third model-making assignment of the semester students are given a week of training with the 3D parametric solid modeling program CREO (formerly pro/Engineer) and asked to create a cookie cutter. These cookie cutters are then printed on a 3D printer.
The final project of the semester asks students to design and build a working controller for an original 8-bit Nintendo. Students are free to use whatever type of model-making method they prefer.
An article that appeared in the local paper about one group's Nintendo controller: Newburyport Daily News: 20 February 2013 - Toye's Toy