Computer-aided design/Basics

Part of Engineering and Technology; Mechanical Engineering; Production and Design Engineering

Course Aim


Understand the basic principles and techniques used in computer aided design and manufacture process.

Learn how to use available CAD/CAE tools.

Finishing the course students should have hands-on experience with 3D modeling and design using available CAD/CAE tools.

Course Description


Course develops students' competence and self-confidence as design engineers. Emphasis is on the creative design process.

Course covers design stages:

  • Design
  • Analysis
  • Rapid prototyping
  • Visualization and presentation
  • Planning and Manufacturing


  • CAD Basics and Principles
  1. CAD - History, Present and Future.
  2. Principles of CAD and Terminology
  3. CAD Objects
  4. CAD Software - simplified 2D CAD
  5. CAD Software - advanced
  1. Drawing in 2D
  2. 3D Modeling
  3. Engineering drawings
  • CAE, CAM and PLM Practical Lessons
  1. Design Analysis

These pages are under construction. Please comment on course structure and other general topics in discussion.

Comments on course structure:


Students should first get acquainted with terminology and basic principles behind 3D modeling and analysis. They should also know major software tools, and industry leaders. Each lesson should have some deliverables (for example parametric equation, short recherches or HTML page). 2D and 3D modeling should cover some typical tasks from "draw 3 concentric circles", "draw 2D gear scheme", "model dice in 3D" to "create several parts and assembly". Here we should make "forks" for several CAD. For example AutoCAD trail should contain steps needed to finish all tasks. There should be another trails like ProEngineer, Solidworks ... That is "How to model dice in AutoCAD", "How to model dice in Solidworks" and so on.

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