Decoders 1.7: Introduction to Microfabrication


Canan Dagdeviren

Canan Dagdeviren

Canan Dagdeviren, Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences; LG Career Development Professor of Media Arts and Sciences
Thursdays, 9am-12pm

Style: Individual; Personal

This class is graded P/D/F. To pass, you must: (i) attend all the cleanroom sessions, (ii) complete the sections of edX course and all the quizzes as outlined in the syllabus (progress will be checked and noted every week.), and (iii) define all microfabrication terms given in the classroom. By the end of Class #1, students must decide whether to register or drop the course.

Overview: In Decoders 1.7, cleanroom processes and fabrication techniques are aimed to be learned through lectures in class and then in cleanroom. At the end of each class, microfabrication terms are given to students to be defined. In the next class, students work together to explain these terms with associated sketches and analogies. The information is then collected in the class booklet. Students will gain hands-on experience with all six components of the microfabrication techniques including cleaning, deposition, patterning, etching, transfer printing and testing. The midterm project is to create a video of a microfabrication process (in groups of two or three) taught in the cleanroom and posted on the course website and YouTube channel. The final project is to identify a problem that can be tackled with a collective device fabricated in the cleanroom, which is the focus of D1.8.

Cleanroom (YellowBox) open hours will be held on Tuesdays from 9am to 11am.


1.     To learn various cleanroom processes in the classroom setting,

2.     To re-define the microfabrication terms learned in the classroom,

3.     To experience the microfabrication processes in the cleanroom,

4.     To create video clips of these processes with a personal style.

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