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Hacking: Materials and Production Methods

Faculty and students in the class explore, encourage, and inform each other in a hands-on, minds-on class that makes, breaks, troubleshoots, and has fun. Collectively, everyone in the course makes their own machines and hacks existing ones. Contributing to open-source projects, the course aims to extend the physical boundaries of the classroom and collaborate with people around the world. In the past, the collective has built stamp-making machines and 3D ceramic printers, hacked an old electronic knitting machine to knit computer-generated patterns, hacked thermal printers to print selfies, took apart old DVD-drives to make 3-axis CNC pen plotters, etc. Everyone has a role to play in every part of the projects, from soldering the wires to generating the codes.

PSU code: 
ARCH 497
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