Virtual 3D Modeling and Prototyping

Relaying on the traditional 2D drawing during product development, designers are often unaware of possible collision problems in physical prototype assembly. Using 3D CAD model from early stage of product development, it is possible to develop virtual prototype assemblies. These CAD models and assemblies enable designer to investigate potential problems and improve overall quality of the assembly before spending ressources on a physical prototype.
In this course, techniques to work with metal and plastic parts as well as assemblies will be learned and practiced. Virtual 3D models are going to be created using Computer Aided Design (CAD) software such as Solid Works or Inventor. Students are going to have opportunity to create 3D geometric models using primitives and Boolean operations as well as assemblies. Created 3D CAD models will be made using rapid prototyping processes either additive (3D printing) and subtractive (CNC machining) technologies as well as assemblies.