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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

ME102 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. Project documentation, reflection, and presentations are opportunities for students to find their design voice and practice sharing it with others

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 fit for printing. Students will use Computer Aided Design (CAD) software to create models and run simulations of their designs. Topics include: design for rapid prototyping, material selection, post-processing and finishing, CAD simulation, algorithmic modeling, additive tooling and fixtures, and additive manufacturing at scale.

ME 129 Manufacturing Processes & Design

ME129 is intended for mechanical engineering juniors who have elected the Product Realization Concentration. ME129 will be taught on-line through Zoom and Canvas resources. There will be weekly, recorded presentations, recorded virtual manufacturing field trips, and sessions devoted to coaching, presentation, and discussion. Students will acquire professional level information and experience with properties of materials and manufacturing processes. We will offer information about, and encourage discussion of, environmental sustainability as a unifying theme throughout.

ME 103/203 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 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 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.

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 128/318 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.