Bray’s resources are accessible to everyone in the Tufts community.
So you have a project in mind. Where do you start?
- Gather a list of design requirements
- Function, weight, size, etc
- Sketch a few different designs. Use our How to Sketch Design resource.
- The more designs you have the more likely you are to find the one that is just right for your application. Make a range!
- Work on a process of elimination once you have a few ideas drawn out. Find flaws in designs that may prevent the goal from being met.
- Remember design is non-linear and can be revisited after more information about manufacturing techniques/materials become known.
Bray offers lots of materials and methods for making prototypes. If you need help, please visit the Shop or contact a staff member.
People at Bray
Please bring a drawing or sketch if you plan to use the Machine Shop’s hand tools (Green Zone) or power tools (Yellow Zone). You can also ask our Shop Assistants for help in developing a drawing/sketch.
- Have you passed the safety quiz?
- Do you have your design sketched out or digitally designed?
- Do you have a plan on how you will make the part?
- Complete any prerequisites for using the equipment
- Sign up for a training or use our assisted fabrication process
You’re all set! Make sure to wear the proper attire and if you are unsure of something, please ask!