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2022 Make It: Pinball! Workshop
Jan/05 Wed 03:00PM–04:30PM

Design and make your own pinball game AND learn how to use CAD software and Maker tools in the process.  Want to make it collaborative, or even competitive?  This base is designed to be easily combined with another for a 2-player pinball game.


Here’s how it works:

Assemble our blank pinball machine kit, design your game, then learn and use the Maker tools in the Edgerton Center Student Project Lab/Makerlodge. We’ve got 3D printers, a laser cutter, vinyl/craft cutters, electronics, microcontrollers, and shop tools, along with miscellaneous crafting materials.

There will be tutorial sessions for each tool group, and mentored shop time for construction of any kind.


The class is limited to 22. There is a materials fee of $25 which covers a base kit, 3 pinballs, and any other lab materials you need to create your machine.  The fee can be paid online after the application deadline, in case we need to do a lottery.


APPLY on this form by Mon Jan 3, 2021, 5pm EST. Preference is given to undergraduates.





Apply by Jan 3, 5 pm - Lottery if needed. 

Notification of acceptance by Jan 3, 7pm

Confirm registration and pay materials fee by Jan 4, 5 pm                            


Lessons + Mentored shop time (lessons are 3:00 - 4:30pm, Shop Time is 4:30 - 6:00)

Wed Jan 5 Kickoff and Base assembly

Fri Jan 7 3D Printers and CAD lesson, 

Mon Jan 10 Laser Cutters, Vinyl Cutters and 2D graphics

Wed Jan 12 Electronics and Microcontrollers

Fri Jan 14 CAD techniques


Mentored shop time 4:30 - 6:00

Wed Jan 19, Fri Jan 21, Mon Jan 24, Wed 26 


Pinball-Palooza Showcase

Fri Jan 28 5:00 - 6:00

MIT D-Lab Build Your Own Bicycle (EC.S02)
Jan/04 Tue 02:00PM–05:00PM

Manufacture a steel single speed bicycle frame, install parts, and ride it. Students will meet with D-Lab instructors for a required meeting in December to choose geometry. MIG welding training is a prerequisite and will not be taught as part of this course. One complete set of components needed to make the bike rideable will be provided.

For credit, 2 units.  Five undergrad students only.

Interested students will need to be available for December meeting with instructor. Contact Jack Whipple (whipple@) directly to confirm prereq and confirm December meeting date.  Twenty additional hours to be scheduled with Instructor in shared lab space.

Origami Flying Turtle Workshop
Jan/19 Wed 05:30PM–07:30PM

Want to get back into or level up your origami? Really love turtles perhaps? Sign up for a 5-day origami workshop and learn to fold a flying turtle!

As per origami conventions, this turtle is folded entirely from a single uncut square. To teach the model however, we will be practicing on separate sheets for each feature of the turtle.

Each day will focus on a different part of the model and introduce new origami concepts. You will be introduced to crease patterns and how to solve them, basic box pleating theory, and transitions. This model is complex, but there will be a lot of guidance: demonstrations, procedural diagrams, 3D folding simulations, a crease pattern reference sheet etc. The final sheet for the model will also be provided pre-creased for you on a vinyl cutter.

REGISTER HERE: https://forms.gle/mru5R5sVN8MhDQra7

Limited to 10

Date: Jan 19, Jan 20, and Jan 21, Jan 24, Jan 25, Jan 26 (optional) from 5:30-7:30PM

Location: 4-402 (except Tuesday: 4-409)