Privacy Screens for Kids – Spring 2019

The final project for the Spring 2019 term – Privacy Screens for Kids – is available now.   Hit the link between the paragraphs below.  The assignment asks students to design a family of laser cut privacy screens for preschoolers, and to build 3 individuals at 1:4 scale.

Previously we’ve always built at full scale in the laser cutting projects.  Or at least we’ve tried too, with a hit-or-miss sort of success record.  I’m hopeful that the 1:4 scale will take some of the financial sting out of the projects, minimize catastrophic structural failures, and will force students to truly design in the plural form; you all must build three screens that work, not one screen that works.

Fall 2018 Final Project – Privacy Screens for Kids

The final project for the Fall 2018 semester is outlined in the Google document below.  This is a variation of a project the class has done a few times before – free standing laser cut privacy screens made from chipboard.  This time for kids!  Also – no stacked blocks, egg crates, or voronoi based assembly systems this time around…


Spring 2018 5 Week Project – 2D Interiors





The first project of the Spring 2018 semester – 2D Interiors – can be found online here:

This is the first time we’re trying this project.  Students are asked to identify a precedent 2D Interiors system – either a floors wall, or ceiling system – and to extend that system parametrically.  The assignment is similar to the Seating assignement we used to do, in that students do not have to design the systems – they only have to make them dance.

Spring 2018 Semester Project – Product Families

The semester project for Spring 2018, Product Families, can be found online here:

This project will run the length of the term this semester, albeit with a soft start, and the focus will be on the development of a fully functional and 3D-printable family of [100 or more] products.