Build Your Own Factory

Parsons School of Design: Constructed Environments

Non-Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Build Your Own Factory

Spring 2021

Taught By: Dave Marin and Kim Markel

Section: A

CRN: 3418

Credits: 3

More often than not, mass manufacturing technologies rely not on particularly complex or unattainable techniques, but on the optimization of very simple physical forces. This course will allow students to attain intimate, first hand understandings of manufacturing processes through the construction of factory technologies in benchtop scale. Students will build machines to recycle and reuse thermoform plastics and "mass produce" products within Parsons work spaces, exploring ways that production methods can be reinvented. The course will be focused on the build of the machinery, the testing and use of the equipment via limited production of students’ designs, and the recycling aspects of the project developing a collection program to create a supply chain of material. Students will beencouraged to consider how processes connect, integrate, and complement existing Making Center tools, equipment, and processes.

Open to: Junior and senior art and design majors. Pre-requisite: Basic knowledge of manufacturing processes and a minimum of moderate level skills in 3D making is strongly encouraged to meet course requirements.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Constructed Environments (PSCE)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Sync Type: N/A

Course Format: Studio (S)

Max Enrollment: 24

Add/Drop Deadline: February 1, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: May 10, 2021 (Monday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 7:01pm 10/20/2020 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 9:00am - 11:40am

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/19/2021 - 5/4/2021