The following are helpful hints, tips, and information for fabricating your thesis. Feel free to ask questions at any time.
Timeframe of Thesis
- Thesis is 14 weeks
- The first couple of weeks are filled with research and concept generation
- The last 2 weeks should be devoted to documentation and presentation
- A week or two for user testing
- That leaves 8-10 weeks to build the thing
Who Are You and What Are Your Fabricating Abilities?
- Will you be fabricating part/all of your thesis?
- Have you built anything before?
- What are your fabrication abilities?
- Will your thesis be using your fabricating abilities?
What Will You be Making?
- How big is it?
- How is it made?
- Are special tools needed?
- How expensive will it be?
- The Fabrication Site: Resources Section, How-To’s
- Web Searches, YouTube, The List
- Shop Staff, Residents, Staff & Faculty, Me
Don’t Wait to Fabricate
- Start now
- Drawings, doesn’t need to be CAD
- Paper prototypes
- Cardboard mockups
- Keep everything, document everything
Everything is a Prototype
- Nothing in thesis is the finished product
- Nothing is perfect, done is better than perfect
- Whenever possible, keep it simple
- Nothing is precious
Prototype Early and Often
- Fail Fast: Build something, learn something, build something, learn something, …
- Initial prototypes shouldn’t solve everything
- A prototype should get you closer to the goal, it should answer a question
- A bunch of prototypes are better than one
Should You Learn New Tools and Techniques for Your Thesis?
- We’ve got a lot of new tools
- Should you learn CAD, which CAD is best
Should You Make It Yourself?
- Can you buy it off the shelf?
- Can you slap a bunch of pre-existing hardware together?
- Can you pay someone to make it for you – Local Fabrication Shops
Where Should You Make It?
- ITP Shop
- NYU MakerSpace
- Free for students but need a training session, different shop different rules
- Waterjet Cutter
- LaGuardia Studio
- High-end 3D prints, 3D Scanning, project consultation
- There will be a cost
- Get material, get it right now, not having material is the #1 holdup of a project
- ITP Favorites: McMaster-Carr, Canal Plastic, Prince Lumber, the Junk Shelf
- Environmentally friendly materials whenever possible
- Know what materials are considered “Standard”, what are “Exotic”, avoid Exotic
- What is one-of-a-kind vs. off-the-shelf
- Go in on material with other students, cut delivery costs
- Times everything by PI: cost, amount, delivery time
- Keep url’s of material suppliers
- Create a Bill of Materials (BOM)
- Quick smart phone pictures/videos are better than nothing
- Process is just as important as finished project
- Making Things Move (puppeteer it), Mounting Motors
- Mechanisms: 507 Mechanical Movements, Mekanizmalar, thang010146, buy mechanism instead of making
Last Bits of Advice
- Get Started
- Fail Fast, don’t let anything hold you up
- Keep It Simple
- Times by Pi