16-455/48-530 Human-Machine Virtuosity: Hybrid Skill, Fabrication and Design

A Spring 2015 undergraduate course at Carnegie Mellon University.

Tue/Thu 10:00AM-11:20AM, Hunt A10

Human dexterous skill embodies a wealth of physical understanding which complements computer-based design and machine fabrication.  This project-oriented course explores the duality between hand and machine through the practical development of innovative design and fabrication systems.  These systems fluidly combine the expressivity and intuition of physical tools with the scalability and precision of the digital realm.  Students will develop novel hybrid design and production workflows combining analog and digital processes to support the design and fabrication of their chosen projects.  Specific skills covered include 3D scanning, 3D modeling (CAD), 3D printing (additive manufacturing), computer based sensing, and human-robot interaction design. Areas of interest include architecture, art, and product design.

This course is part of the new Integrative Design, Arts, and Technology (IDeATe) program at Carnegie Mellon University and makes use of the new IDEATE@Hunt Collaborative Making Facility in the lower level of Hunt Library.  The course is a new elective offered under the Intelligent Environments and Physical Computing concentrations.  The prerequisite is one of the appropriate IDeATe portal courses or instructor permission.