Lab: Multimodal Media Madness (M3) Personal Fabrication

This years topic is about Personal Fabrication. Building your own hardware projects with the help of computer controlled tools.

You will learn:
  • How to use the laser cutter with VisiCut.
  • How to use Arduino (Atmega & Co.), Energia (MSP430 & Co.) and Processing (Visualisation) for controlling hardware
  • How to use the pcb mill and Eagle to design and make your own circuit tools
  • How to use our 3D printer - mostly our Dremel Idea Builder

After getting used to the tools you will know how to create your own hardware projects.

You will then create an awesome final project. At the moment we tend to give you the task of creating modules for a modular pinball machine, but that might change if we - or you - have an even awesomer idea for a final project.
(It will at least either use the above mentioned tools or will make life easier for the user of these tools (as a kind of more software centric project)).

Possible Final Projects

For the final projects the students could choose to do crazy stuff with electronic and hardware tools. As a result they produced:
  • The Retro Radio Riddle
  • A modular puzzle based upon Keep talking and nobody explodes
  • The DipTrainer (No such attachment on this page) to keep you in shape
  • The intelligent box for drinks after your exercises
  • The Guitar Buddy (No such attachment on this page) for training your guitar skills
  • Building your own augmented reality glasses (No such attachment on this page)
  • A HomeKit Controller (No such attachment on this page)
  • Building a modular pinball machine


Wednesday, 13:15-15:15, room 2222 , Ahornstr. 55
Start: 11.04.2018.


Grading Policy

To take this course for credit, you must complete all assignments, lab exercises, and the final project. The grade of this course will be a combination of the final project and the assignments.
Note that you must achieve a cumulative score above 4.0 and complete all exercises to pass the course.

You are expected to be aware of, and abide by, the ethics policy for courses taught at our chair.


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Assignments and Lab Exercises

Assignments/lab exercises will be assigned weekly. They are to be completed in groups of 2 or 3. If you do not complete the lab exercise during the scheduled lab section, you must complete it on your own time and submit it by the due date. Lab exercises and assignments will be graded on the following scale:
  • 1.0 - exceptional work that clearly went above and beyond what was given on the exercise
  • 2.0 - exercise was completed satisfactorily as per the assignment specification
  • 3.0 - exercise was completed, but has some problems
  • 4.0 - incomplete exercise
  • 5.0 - little or no effort was put into the exercise

Late Policy

Late assignments will be graded with a penalty of 0.5 per each beginning 24 hour period after the due date. Exceptions will be granted only for valid (i.e., medical) reasons.

Past M3 Projects


Fabarcade was a project by previous M3 students - In this project the student developed and design a classic arcade that can be build in any FabLab on the world.


Weatherella was a project by previous M3 students - an umbrella that lights up whenever you should take it with you!


FriendLocator was another project by previous M3 students to locate your friends at a concert.

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Created by stefan. Last Modification: Wednesday 11 of April, 2018 14:52:53 by abrocker.

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