Materials & Manufacturing

Materials and Manufacturing introduces students to the properties of materials and manufacturing processes and how both are expressed in designed objects. It is typically taken the second semester of the student's first year in the program (sophomore year). In this seminar class students are introduced to the manufacturing processes used for the most common industrial design materials - plastic, sheet metal and die-cast metals - and the rules and parameters specific to each. The course includes a series of field trips to local manufacturers. Skills and knowledge introduced: business dynamics/value analysis, product development, history of ID. Skills and knowledge reinforced: materials, manufacturing, sustainability, industry awareness, design strategy, energetics/life of a product, ethics