Course Detail

Credit hours: 3

Course Reader: Relevant papers, instructions, and lectures will be posted on the course blackboard.

Course Objectives: This course combines CAD techniques and strategies with design in teams. ME444 in its new form combines the right balance of hands-on-design in the lecture/workshops with the CAD skills learnt in the labs. You will design toys using inspiration-ideation-imagination-iteration-implementation in a new innovation framework. We will call this the i6 framework! The focus of the course is on product design, generating and communicating design ideas, and learning to use effective tools for design (including CAD). The toy design provides a scaffold for you to learn the design process holistically. The course will concentrate on CAD on the one hand and design thinking techniques in the lectures. For computer-aided design we will use (Pro/ Engineer Wildfire 5.0) in the laboratory. The studentsā€˜ understandings from the lecture and from the lab will be brought together in the form of a toy design project. The lectures and workshops will directly contribute to the toy design while inspiring you to enjoy and have fun in this class while you learn through work! In addition, a basic understanding of Finite-Element Analysis is covered, with an introduction to Computer-Aided Engineering tools like ANSYS and Pro/FEM. Thus, through this course, the students will:

1. Learn fundamentals of product design and ideation

– Concept generation techniques

– Design Thinking

– Sketching for Design

– Design for X (manufacturing, assembly, etc.)

2. Learn fundamentals of CAD systems

– Gain advanced knowledge of, and experience with, CAD for designing mechanical systems via Pro/ENGINEER

– Hands-on demonstrations and tutorials

– On-line CAI system (COAch)

– Design and build team project (action toy)

– Gain experience with rapid prototyping

– Learn fundamentals of finite element analysis (FEA)

– Gain experience with FEA using ANSYS and Pro/FEM

3. Integrate CAD knowledge into the product design process