“This course provided me with the skills to analyze design through an engineering lens. I enjoyed working with a team to remodel a product in Autodesk Inventor. It was rewarding to see the culmination of our efforts in a functional simulation of our product.” ~SE101 Student 2020
This is an introductory course in engineering graphics and design focusing on geometric modeling (CAD). Above are some examples of renders from past projects. Students use Autodesk Inventor and dissection tools to reverse engineer a product. The main objectives of the course are:
- To develop spatial visualization and reasoning skills.
- To gain familiarity with the standards and conventions of engineering design graphics.
- To use geometric modeling software (e.g. parametric) as a design and visualization tool. Emphasis placed upon learning general modeling concepts and techniques.
- To gain exposure to digital simulation and prototyping tools commonly used in product design.
- To develop sketching skills using pencil and paper, and digital tablets.
- To introduce engineering design methodology, and to demonstrate the role of graphics in the engineering design process.
- To provide insight into the product design process, in particular as it relates to the architecture and functionality of the product.
An essential part of the course is a design project which students complete in groups of 3-5 students. In addition to the textbook and online resources, students can attend lab assistant office hours and are encouraged to reach out to lab staff. Check out some past projects below!