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EM.S21 Digital Lamp: Design/Make/Illuminate

EM.S21 Digital Lamp: Design/Make/Illuminate

Spring 2023 | 6 units | Pre req: none (graduate level class open to undergrads)

Lecture: TR 1:00-2:30 (4-013) Lab: TR 2:30-4:00 (4-013)

Design, prototype, and build a lamp (or other household product) using a variety of techniques, machines, and materials. Build a circuit with LEDs, sensors, and an Arduino microcontroller. Learn to sketch, use CAD, work with wood and metal, cast plastic parts, 3D print, and laser cut. Enrollment is limited to 30 students. Shop and materials fees required.

Taught by Integrated Design & Management staff.

Enrollment is limited – APPLY NOW. Class registration via MIT WEBSIS is still required


Instructor Information

Andy MacInnis | IDM Technical Instructor (Full profile)

Tony Hu | IDM Director (Full profile)


Read MIT student Amber V.’s blog post about her experience in the Fall 2022 course.



Work with electronics, sensors, and microcontrollers
Learn shop tools for wood, metal, and plastic
Your design is only limited by your creativity


Course Learnings

  • Perspective drawing
  • Electronic circuits and sensors
  • Microcontrollers
  • Prototyping with foamcore and cardboard
  • Wood working, joinery
  • CNC router and mill demo
  • Metal fabrication, tube bending
  • 3D printing
  • Illustrator for laser cutting or water jet
  • Silicone mold making
  • Urethane casting
  • Finishing wood, metals, plastics


Enrollment is limited – APPLY NOW. Class registration via MIT WEBSIS is still required.