Stanford University


The Realization process? Need finding, product definition, concept design, detail design, prototype manufacture, realization.

Advanced Lab students make bikes, chairs, jewelry, toys, and other useful and beautiful products.

Lab students move fluidly between concrete and abstract, technique and reflection.

Students visit and intern at top design/manufacturing firms with strong ties to the Lab.

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 103D Engineering Drawing and Design

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

ME181 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.

ME204A/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.

ME217 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.

ME225 The Mystery of ManufacturingI

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.

ME298 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

Students learn concepts and technology that enable precision measurements for application areas including applied physics, diamond-turning equipment, integrated circuit manufacturing, and manufacturing metrology systems. Final projects include design and manufacture emphasizing principles of precision engineering.

ME 325 Making Multiples: Injection Molding

This 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 on individually selected projects that deepen their mastery.