3D Product Design is a first semester class that throws new students into the deep end of product ideation and design of basic hand tools. The class uses the past as its frame of reference and asks students to research forgotten tools and redesign them for today. Through this process, students deeply explore the history of tool development while simultaneously experiencing the development of their own skills at designing and using tools. Students learn to examine, articulate and redefine the ergonomic and mechanical characteristics of obsolete hand tools and create new value propositions for the reintroduction of those tools into today’s work environment. Students walk away with strong skills in model making and finishing by hand and with shop tools. Students also learn basic hand sketching and mechanical drawing skills. Use of the computer is neither required nor permitted in this course.