DXARTS 471 A Wi 22: Mechatronic Art, Design, And Fabrication I

DXARTS 471 A Wi 22: Mechatronic Art, Design, And Fabrication I

MW 09:30AM - 12:20PM Pompeii Room at McMahon Hall

First week remotely on Zoom link: https://washington.zoom.us/j/92020652674

Meeting ID: 920 2065 2674

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Afroditi Psarra (apsarra@uw.edu)

Office hours via Zoom: https://washington.zoom.us/my/afroditipsarra or in-person at ART 333

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Esteban Agosin (eagosin@uw.edu)

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Part one of a two-quarter sequence exploring the world of physical computing, creative coding and digital fabrication for art and design projects. Provides hands-on prototyping with digital/analog electronics, experimenting with interface design and programming with Arduino, Processing and PureData for the creation and control of interactive objects. The students will engage with the use of smart materials and learn to create their own sensors and actuators through digital crafting tools (such as laser cutters, cnc routers and 3d printers), as well as learn to conceptualize and fabricate responsive environments. Emphasis will be made in the use of mechanics and real-time interaction for multimedia installations and performances that explore surrounding space, movement and the role of the viewer/user in the creation of immersive experiences in the physical world.

Download the syllabus here: DXARTS 471 syllabus-1.docx 


Arduino: https://www.arduino.cc/en/software



TinkerCAD: http://www.tinkercad.com


• Attend all classes
• Participate in class discussions and workshops
• Complete three mini-assignments
• Complete a final project and do a live demo





• Late work is not accepted.
• If you have a disability that you think may impact your participation in this class, please contact Disabled Student Services. Every effort will be made to accommodate your needs.


GRADING (100 points possible)
• 45 - Assignments (3 assignments, 15 points each)
• 30 - Final Project
• 25 - Participation in class



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