This course is a week long introduction to the basics of Computer Aided Design (CAD). Namely, CAD software will be used to help you create solutions for engineering design challenges presented in this course.
These systems allow design concepts to be mathematically modeled in three dimensions of digital space. To facilitate visualization, computers utilize powerful graphical interfaces to show a digital representation of the model. By following simple instructions, basic two dimensional sketches can be extruded into a third dimension, and then further shaped by simulating the addition or removal of material. Forms can be created with mathematical precision, and these forms can be assembled together to develop more complex representations of mechanical systems.
Another modern tool which has had a huge impact on how concepts for new ideas are conceptualized and communicated are rapid prototyping machines. These three dimensional printers can translate the complex models developed using CAD, and create real physical models from that information. This allows Engineers to avoid the long and costly processes traditionally used for prototyping.
By the end of this course, you will be able to:
• Understand the basic concepts of CAD;
• Create three dimensional models using CAD systems;
• Translate file formats for articulation between different systems;
• Understand how to utilize three dimensional printers to print CAD models.
Throughout this course, engineering design challenges will be presented. CAD software will be used to develop digital prototypes, while demonstrations of printing in three dimensions will be conducted using equipment in the Brown Design Workshop. This introductory course will prepare you for future CAD modeling, and will also enlighten you regarding the impact of CAD in engineering.
On-Campus Supplemental Fee: $50
There are no prerequisites for this course.
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