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ME 380 Computer Aided Design

Catalog Description

ME 380 Computer Aided Design (3). Prerequisites: ENGR 150 and ME 323. An introduction to the engineering design process emphasizing the use of modern computer-based analysis, design and presentation tools for mechanical engineering applications.

Prerequisites by Topic

  1. Introduction to computer aided graphics
  2. Computer aided graphics
  3. Mechanics of materials


Jerry Craig, Engineering and Technical Drawing Using Solid Edge V20, Schroff Development Corporation, 2008.
Roger Toogood, Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 4.0 - Tuturial and MultiMedia CD, Schroff Development Corporation, 2007.
Roger Toogood, Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 4.0 - MECHANICA Tutorial, Schroff Development Corporation, 2008.


On-line reference manuals pertaining to current computer aided design software packages.


R.D. Bradshaw, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering.

Course Learning Outcomes

This course provides third year mechanical engineering students with a comprehensive overview of the modern engineering design process through the use of computer-based tools. Solution of practical design problems is emphasized.

Topics Covered

  1. Introduction (1 class)
  2. Computers in the design process (2 classes)
  3. Project definition (2 classes)
  4. Solid modeling background (2 classes)
  5. Solid modeling software (7 classes)
  6. Simulation background (2 classes)
  7. Simulation software (7 classes)
  8. Rapid prototyping (2 classes)
  9. Evaluation of design (1 class)
  10. Examinations (2 classes and 2½ hours)

Computer Use

Extensive use of computer aided design and presentation software. Semester-long computer aided design project resulting in an on-line design portfolio.

Laboratory Projects

Individual computer aided design projects are assigned throughout the semester.

Class/Laboratory Schedule

Two 75 minute sessions per week devoted to lecture, discussion, problem solving, and design activities.

Curriculum Criterion Contribution

Engineering design: 3 credits.

Relationship to Program Outcomes

This course supports Mechanical Engineering Department B.Sc. program objectives by developing:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering in the field of mechanical engineering.
  • An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs in the field of mechanical engineering.
  • An ability to function effectively on teams.
  • An ability to identify, formulate and solve problems in the field of mechanical engineering.
  • An ability to communicate effectively.
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning in the field of mechanical engineering.
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern tools necessary for the practice of mechanical engineering.

Prepared by R.D. Bradshaw, June 2009

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