Covering the fundamentals of the modern mechanical design process, from basic need-finding through computerized manufacturing, topics in this hands-on, project-based course include: product definition (need-finding, observation, sketching, brainstorming, and prototyping); computer-aided design (part creation, assemblies, and animation using SolidWorks 2013); basic computer simulation and analysis; rapid prototyping (laser cutter and 3-d fused-deposition modeling); basic CNC machining; and general engineering design practices (materials, dimensioning, tolerances, etc.).


Date Topics Reference Teaser Exercise Projects
00S Wed, 8/31 Logistics & Design Process dSchool Bootcamp
00S Thu, 9/1 name game & design challenge
01L Wed, 9/7 Engineering Drawings TAG starts
01S Thu, 9/8 SW: sketch & extrude Videos: 1 Crank Bone
02L Wed, 9/14 Prototyping & Laser Cutting
02S Thu, 9/15 SW: adv. sketching & basic assembly Piston
03L Wed, 9/21 Press Fitting PRESS & DERBY start
03S Thu, 9/22 SW: reference geometry Videos: 1 2 3 Crest & Cube Body TAG due, PRESS review
04L Wed, 9/28 Assembly Methods
04S Thu, 9/29 SW: advanced features Pulley PRESS & DERBY reviews
05L Wed,10/5 Complex Geometry / Parametrics (TAs)
05S Thu, 10/6 Fall Break - NO LAB! -
06L Wed, 10/12 DISSECT Introduction DISSECT starts
06S Thu, 10/13 SW: more advanced features Crowbar Slide PRESS due, DERBY review
07L Wed, 10/19 DERBY demos DERBY due
07S Thu, 10/20 SW: Surface Modeling Soapdish Strainer
08L Wed, 10/26 PDM DISSECT renderings
08S Thu, 10/27 free work time Saddle
09L Wed, 11/2 NO LECTURE DISSECT assemblies
09S Thu, 11/3 SW: animations
10L Wed, 11/9 DISSECT showcase; PLAY introduction DISSECT animations
10S Thu, 11/10 PLAY teaming & brainstorming PLAY teaming
11L Wed, 11/16 PLAY pitches PLAY pitches
11S Thu, 11/17 SW: configurations Configurations PLAY concept review
12L Mon, 11/21 Machine Components
12S Tue, 11/22 LAB ON TUESDAY PLAY checkup
13L Wed, 11/30 TBD
13S Thu, 12/1 free work time PLAY pre-flight
14L Wed, 12/7 PLAY finale FRIDAY @ 4PM PLAY finale
14S Thu, 12/8 Lab cleanup


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