Chatham University

Prototyping & Design Lab

Prototyping & Design Lab

Past Events

Thursday, December 07 2017

Introduction to Electronic Textiles for Entrepreneurs

Electronic textiles, also known as smart garments, smart clothing, smart textiles, or smart fabrics, are fabrics that enable digital components such as a battery and a light (including small computers), and electronics to be embedded in them. Smart textiles are fabrics that have been developed with new technologies that provide added value to the wearer. In this workshop, you will learn the basics of e-textiles based on a project. Facilitated by Lori Hepner, Artist and Associate Professor of Integrative Arts at Penn State University. Limited to 15 people.

Tuesday, December 05 2017

Prototypes for Learning (webinar)

What is a prototype? How complete does it need to be? What can be shown to a potential user to gain feedback? This webinar will briefly introduce: paper; digital (clickable, no-code); 1 click web sites; 3D printed; hand-manufactured; and service prototypes. We will also discuss prototype evaluation methods for early learning and the importance of supporting continuous learning for best results. We will encourage participants to launch their products as early as possible to learn from the experience and improve more quickly. Facilitated by Carol Smith, Senior Design Manager and Researcher at IBM Watson. Free, online, registration required.

Tuesday, November 21 2017

3D Modeling Workshop for Entrepreneurs

In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn the basics of 3D modeling using the free online program TinkerCAD. Participants will be guided through three tutorials as a group and then have time to free build objects of their own design. Each participant will leave the workshop with their own TinkerCAD login to continue modeling on their own and get their designs 3D printed at our Prototyping & Design Lab. No prior experience is required: amateurs and beginners welcome! Please bring your own laptop! Facilitated by Erin Gatz and E. Louise Larson, founders of Prototype PGH, a feminist makerspace. Limited to 15 people.

Tuesday, November 14 2017

3D Printing and Laser Etching Workshop for Entrepreneurs

3D printing is a process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital file. 3D printing enables you to produce complex (functional) shapes using less material than traditional manufacturing methods. Laser etching is the process of using a laser beam to permanently cut an image or pattern into a hard material, such as glass, wood or metal. In this workshop, you will learn how to apply these tools and processes to your product-based small business or startup idea. We will demonstrate a multi-functional desktop 3D printer called BoXZY. Facilitated by Hadley Pratt. Limited to 15 people.

Tuesday, October 17 2017

Sewing with Upcycled Materials for Entrepreneurs

Learn how to sew with upcycled materials in this class taught by Terry Durst, a staff member and a student at Chatham University. Terry will make a zipper pouch using upcycled Thread fabric and we will cover basics of prototyping and design for your sewn product ideas.

Tuesday, September 26 2017

From Prototype to Production: Best Practices (webinar)

The challenge of bringing a prototype through to production is full of traps, dead-ends, compromises. This webinar will provide best practices, industry standards, and useful templates to help guide your idea through to manufacturing. This webinar will be facilitated by Elijah Wiegmann, an entrepreneur and award-winning industrial designer. Elijah is the Founder of Base Design Studio.

Tuesday, September 19 2017

From Idea to Prototype: Best Practices (webinar)

It doesn't matter how great the idea is if it's not immediately tangible to your audience. This webinar will focus of how to start building your new idea. We'll review different levels of prototypes, construction methods, and ways to test them all. This webinar will be facilitated by Elijah Wiegmann, an entrepreneur and award-winning industrial designer. Elijah is the Founder of Base Design Studio.

Tuesday, September 19 2017

3D Printing and Laser Etching Workshop for Entrepreneurs (hands-on workshop)

3D printing is a process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital file. 3D printing enables you to produce complex (functional) shapes using less material than traditional manufacturing methods. Laser etching is the process of using a laser beam to permanently cut an image or pattern into a hard material, such as glass, wood or metal. In this workshop, you will learn how to apply these tools and processes to your product-based small business or startup idea. We will demonstrate a multi-functional desktop 3D printer called BoXZY. Two representatives from this local startup company will facilitate the workshop. Attendance will be limited to 15 people.

Tuesday, September 12 2017

Intro to Design Thinking: How to Apply it to Your Small Business

How can you get your intuitions and ideas out into the world so that you can test them? This webinar will focus on the design thinking process and different methods of applying it to products, concepts, and processes. This webinar will be facilitated by Elijah Wiegmann, an entrepreneur and award-winning industrial designer. Elijah is the Founder of Base Design Studio.