Mechanical Engineering Tools

Photo of many, many Stirling engines lined up on a table.

Student Stirling engines lined up for the spin-off. (Photo courtesy of Curt Newton. Used with permission.)


MIT Course Number


As Taught In

January IAP 2004



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Course Features

Course Highlights

This course is offered during the Independent Activities Period (IAP), which is a special 4-week term at MIT that runs from the first week of January until the end of the month. The course revolves around students building and 'racing' their own Stirling engines, which is covered in greater detail in theprojects section.

Course Description

This course introduces the fundamentals of machine tool and computer tool use. Students work with a variety of machine tools including the bandsaw, milling machine, and lathe. Instruction given on MATLAB®, MAPLE®, XESS™, and CAD. Emphasis is on problem solving, not programming or algorithmic development. Assignments are project-oriented relating to mechanical engineering topics. It is recommended that students take this subject in the first IAP after declaring the major in Mechanical Engineering.

This course was co-created by Prof. Douglas Hart and Dr. Kevin Otto.

David Wallace, and Douglas Hart. 2.670 Mechanical Engineering Tools, January IAP 2004. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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