Every week we had to learn about a different fabrication process, make something and present it in class.
If you guys are into fab labs, I encourage you to visit this page: http://www.fabfoundation.org/fab-labs/
Also, one of the best ways to learn, in my opinion, is by learning from other people's mistakes. That is why every student in the class documents their projects. You guys should definitely view some of the class works! [http://fab.cba.mit.edu/classes/863.13/people/index.html]
Every year Neil updates the links. You should visit the most recent year to see what's new and relevant. [http://fab.cba.mit.edu/classes/863.14/]
I got into making stuff kinda by default when I finished formal training and realized my qualifications were just going to put me in a job doing the same thing over and over again. I taught myself SketchUp (or youtube taught me) and began offering my 3D design services to anyone who would give me the time of day.
I've had the opportunity to work with architects, engineers, designers, basically people from all different fields who make physical things. I have tried to go into every job as a learning opportunity and have learned so much.
I consider my work now as a problem solver for design projects of different kinds and MIT making this kind of information available makes it a lot easier for people like me who use google a bazillion times a day but have to sift through a lot of unreliable info to find the practical method that just allows you to get the job done.
Have you given it a try? There are a significant number of tools available: https://wiki.london.hackspace.org.uk/view/Equipment
I would say - don't let it put you off. The Hackspace is more than the sum of its tools. In any event there's a lot there including some fantastic equipment. The out of order equipment is more often a work in progress than it is abandoned kit.
It kinda presupposes a much better equipped workshop than many will have access to (mainly a waterjet and 100T press, although I don't imagine computerised sheet-metal brakes are especially common either)
WIth those three tools, you could bootstrap a modern industrial workshop.
(I taught one of the PCB design lectures for a similar class at Georgia Tech being taught by Thad Starner.)
In a similar vein to the post material, Dan Gelbart's youtube course on rapid prototyping is invaluable: https://www.youtube.com/user/dgelbart/videos
I think this kind of course is the best way if you want to learn how the stuff around us is really made, or if you want to start a product with kickstarter out something like that.
Do anybody know that kind of course available on OCW, edX or something like that ? I would be happy to provide the documents from my course but they are in french so probably useless around here :/
I wish I'd done it years ago.
Makes me want to play with everything on this list!
He made and shared a python script to generate the cross sections for CNC use. Interesting that it was related to this course
Learning to make circuit boards would have helped me with all my spaghetti wiring I do/did.
For example, here's AS220 (a lab in Rhode Island)'s page describing the course: http://www.as220.org/fabacademy/