MakerSpace Digital Badges

product design badge


The Product Design badge is awarded to NYU Affiliates who complete a series of workshops and training sessions that provide them with the tools and skills they need to complete the product design process from ideation to design and final fabrication. Through technical workshops on design and 3D modeling software, hands-on training with cutting-edge tools for rapid prototyping and digitally driven production, badge recipients will learn the skills they need to develop a product with a human centered focus that addresses user needs.

Design and Innovation Studio (minimum 3):

Participants learn how user research goes beyond usability testing and gain hands-on experience with methods that get to the heart of users' needs. You will learn the do's and don'ts of forming a solid research foundation, cover real-world case studies, and role-play in a mock study to gain hands-on experience.
Participants focus on the fundamentals of ideation and cover the process of generating new ideas to solve problems that have been identified through research. You will learn the best practices of ideation, how to step beyond ordinary solutions, and participate in a series of creative exercises to gain hands-on experience.
Learn what a concise portfolio needs, the importance of creating a portfolio as part of the job application process, and how to market yourself to potential employers and clients using design thinking strategies. You will have the opportunity to develop an element of your own portfolio using the techniques from the workshop.
Participants learn the fundamentals of rapid prototyping and cover the process of making products with the consumer in mind. You will learn the best practices of prototyping, view physical and digital product development samples, and examine each through prototyping techniques.
Participants learn the art of storytelling as an essential tool in design practice. Through a series of creative exercises, you will practice your storytelling abilities as a resource that can be used in interviews, presentations, and more!
Learn the fundamentals of collecting user feedback for product development by preparing for user interviews and running user tests, collecting feedback, and synthesizing action-items to improve product concepts.

Technical Workshops (minimum 1):

Participants receive an introduction to the Fusion 360 software and learn the overall concept-to-production process. You will learn the basics of product development, 3D modeling, and how to apply it in modern applications with computer simulation using Fusion 360.
Participants learn about the advanced capabilities of Fusion 360, including its simplistic assembly features and its integrated simulation features. Students will learn how to quickly design realistic systems and test them for functionality before beginning the prototyping process.
Participants learn the Adobe Illustrator interface, drawing vector shapes, adding polished typography, and other essential skills to design a project of their own. You will implement these skills and have the opportunity to design a project of your own using the software.
Looking to sharpen your Illustrator skills for graphics and prototyping? Learn how to design a custom name graphic that can be used in the vinyl cutter, along with tips, tricks, and a deep dive into technical concepts.
Participants learn the Adobe Photoshop interface and fundamental tools such as layers, masks, blend modes, and adjustments that are needed to create a design. You will implement these skills and have the opportunity to design a project of your own using the software.
Participants learn how to apply Rhino commands, understand perspective views, and manipulate simple shapes. This workshop will also teach you the differences between Rhino and other engineering software.
Learn how to use advanced techniques in Rhino 3D to create 3D objects from 2D drawings.

Trainings (minimum 1):

The Mojos, Elites, and Fortus are commercial-grade 3D printers. Each uses a dual print head to print durable model material and soluble support material, and single-use build trays for reliable prints. MakerSpace Orientation and Advanced 3D Printer Training are required to use these printers.
The Epilog Mini 24 and Epilog Fusion M2 32 are standard laser cutters that are used to cut and etch through material using a high-powered laser. MakerSpace Orientation and Laser Cutter Training are required to use the cutters.
The power tools in the MakerSpace include a compound miter saw, band saw, and drill press. These tools can be used to cut any type of wood and acrylic. The miter saw is good for short cuts and getting perfectly angled cuts. The band saw has a 1/4″ blade and is good for both straight and oddly shaped cuts, like curves and squiggles. The drill press is good for drilling holes of different size, depending on the bit used. Different bits are available upon request.
Roland CAMM-1 is a standard vinyl cutter. It uses a tiny drag knife to cut stickers and decals. MakerSpace Orientation and Vinyl Cutter Training are required to use this machine.

How do I get this badge?

To begin the badging process, choose which workshops and trainings you would like to attend from the list above. To sign up for a workshop, visit our Events Page. To sign up for a training, visit our Training and Reservations Page.

  1. Learn: Complete the required number of workshops and trainings listed under each badge based on your interests.
  2. Claim: Once you have completed the requirements for the desired badge, fill out and submit the Completed Badge Application.
  3. Approve: Our team will review your application and determine whether you are eligible to receive the badge.
  4. Share: Once approved, we will send you a digital certification package that includes everything you need to share your achievement and new skills including the badge icon and text for your resume, portfolio, and LinkedIn.
  5. Certify: To validate your certification and ensure compliance with our badging procedure, successful badge recipients will have their name displayed below in our 'Certified Badge Holders' section as well as on each page for the badge they have received.

Badging Rules & Expectations

  1. Claiming Badges: You have one full school year (i.e. Fall 2021 - Spring 2022) to claim a badge.
  2. Workshops: To qualify for a desired badge, you must have attended the required workshops during the current school year (i.e. Fall 2021 - Spring 2022).
  3. Trainings: MakerSpace machine trainings are valid for 4 years.
  4. Not Interchangeable: Workshops and trainings are not interchangeable. You must attend a different set of trainings and workshops for each badge (i.e. if you attended Intro to Illustrator and used it to claim the Product Design badge, you cannot also use it towards Digital Design. You must attend another workshop. Same goes for machine trainings).