In Product Realization Lab classes, students use the rich array of tools, design engineering software, and readings to develop soft goods, electronics, metal and mechatronics devices, Interactions with the Stanford design engineering community as well as field trips to iconic Bay area design engineering firms round out students' experience.

Core Curriculum

ME 102 Foundations of Product Realization

Students develop the language and toolset to transform design concepts into tangible models/prototypes that cultivate the emergence of mechanical aptitude. Visual communication tools such as sketching, orthographic projection, and 2D/3D design software are introduced in the context of design and prototyping assignments. Instruction and practice with hand, powered, and digital prototyping tools in the Product Realization Lab support students' implementation and iteration of physical project work. Project documentation, reflection, and in-class presentations are opportunities for students to find their design voice and practice sharing it with others.

ME 103 Product Realization: Design and Making

Students will build on the foundation created in ME102. ME103 includes structured labs in machining, casting, forming and welding; carrying a single project through the entire design process from conceptualization through presentation of a customer ready prototype, creation of a project based portfolio, and an introduction to manufacturing processes.

ME 103D Engineering Drawing and Design

The fundamentals of engineering drawing including orthographic projection, dimensioning, sectioning, exploded and auxiliary views, assembly drawings, and SolidWorks.

ME 127 Design for Additive Manufacturing

Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM) combines the fields of Design for Manufacturability (DfM) and Additive Manufacturing (AM). ME127 will introduce the capabilities and limitations of various AM technologies and apply the principles of DfM in order to design models and fabricate parts in the Stanford Product Realization Lab (PRL) Room 36. Students will use Computer Aided Design (CAD) software to create models and run simulations, then print physical parts in the PRL. Topics include: design for rapid prototyping, additive tooling and fixtures, material selection, 3D scanning, post-processing and finishing, CAD simulation and topology optimization, and additive manufacturing at scale.

ME 128 Computer-Aided Product Realization

Students will continue to build understanding of Product Realization processes and techniques concentrating on Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines, materials, tools, and workholding. Students will gain an understanding of CNC in modern manufacturing and alternative methods and tools used in industry. Students will contribute to their professional portfolio by including projects done in class, both individually and in teams.

ME 129

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ME 181 Deliverables

Students develop fluency with industry design requirements and deepen their practical mechanical design skills by completing deliverables similar to those required in industry. They also learn about the range of responsibilities and daily activities that make up professional mechanical design work.

ME 203 Design and Manufacturing

Students experience the adventure of integrating product definition, conceptual design, detail design, prototype manufacture, public presentation of outcomes, and portfolio creation, and learn manufacturing processes of scale to become more powerful designers. Learning outcomes emphasize functionality, process exploration, and quality of implementation.

ME 204A/B Bicycle Design and Frame Building

Course covers the engineering and artistic execution of designing and building of a bicycle frame. Students master the fundamentals of bicycle dynamics, handling, and sizing as well as manufacturing processes. Classes include films, guest lecturers, and field trips.

ME 217 Design and Construction in Wood

Exploration of the design and construction of objects using wood including the rich history and current trends for furniture.

ME 219 Magic of Materials and Manufacturing

Students who wish to create new products and services acquire a professional foundation in materials and materiality from the points of view of product design, manufacturing processes, and business systems through field trips and multimedia presentations.

ME 225 The Mystery of Manufacturing

This course is intended for design-and engineering-oriented students who anticipate or have an interest in launching products. Students will study manufacturing systems holistically by looking at factors that drive location, distribution, and supply chain decisions, and examine the inner workings of factories.

ME 298 Silversmithing and Design

Students learn skills involved in working with precious metals at a small scale. The course gives equal attention to the design and the techniques involved in investment casting.

ME 318 Computer-Aided Product Creation

Students practice prototype design and fabrication emphasizing the use of computer-supported tools in the design process. Students choose, design, and build individual projects using CNC software and CNC milling machines.

ME 324 Precision Engineering

Advances in engineering are often enabled by more accurate control of manufacturing and measuring tolerances. Concepts and technology enable precision such that the ratio of overall dimensions to uncertainty of measurement is large relative to normal engineering practice. Typical application areas: non-spherical optics, computer information storage devices, and manufacturing metrology systems. Application experience through design and manufacture of a precision engineering project, emphasizing the principles of precision engineering.

ME 325 Making Multiples: Injection Molding

Design course focusing on the process of injection molding as a prototyping and manufacturing tool. Coursework will include creating and evaluating initial design concepts, detailed part design, mold design, mold manufacturing, molding parts, and testing and evaluating the results. Students will work primarily on individually selected projects, using each project as a tool to continue developing and exercising individual design process. Lectures and field trips will provide students with context for their work in the Stanford Product Realization Lab.