Computer Aided Design & Manufacturing I

This course is the first of a two-part series that addresses the use of computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) techniques in architecture. The course focuses on the nature of digital tools that are used in the design development, component manufacturing, and construction control phases of a project that occur after preliminary design stages. After an overview of basic CAD/CAM processes, the course will cover basic software systems widely used in CAD/CAM environments (CATIA, SOLIDWORKS). These are solid and surface modeling systems are hierarchically organized, constraint-based, and allow a clear understanding of design history. Via the use of parent-child relationships, design changes and parametric variations can be made at will and propagated through a whole system. These environments also support parametric modeling based on specified local constraints, feature-based design approaches, application modeling (e.g., sheet metal design, mold-making), assembly modeling, and a have a variety of other capabilities (e.g., structural, electrical, mechanical and other specialized design activities). Digital models can be exported into CAM environments. Related topics including the use of three-dimensional digitizing systems to create initial design models, rapid prototyping systems for design confirmation, and specific design development tools, such as those used in steel fabrication, will also be addressed.Prerequisites: Completion of GSD 2107 or equivalent. Click here for 6319 course website.