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A Hands-on Project Approach to Teaching Solid Modeling

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

Start Date

June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





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Hands-on Active Learning

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Engineering Technology

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26.53.1 - 26.53.9



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Randy Shih Oregon Institute of Technology

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Randy Shih is a Professor in the Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering and Technology Department at Oregon Institute of Technology. He worked as a design engineer in the automobile sector prior to starting his teaching career in 1984. He has over 30 years of experiences in the areas of CAD/CAE; and he is the author of fifteen CAD/CAE textbooks that are currently being used by many universities and colleges in North America.

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A Hands-on Project approach to Teaching Solid ModelingAbstractThis paper describes an integrated laboratory-oriented course MET/MFG407 in computer-aidedDesign at Oregon Institute of Technology. Teaching this subject in an 11-week of academicquarter is a challenging task requiring a combination of instructional delivery methods.Besides the in class lectures on the different aspects of using the CAD software; each student isalso given a toy robot kit to be modeled. The course content is designed around three learningobjectives: be able to create parametric models, be able to generate the associated 2D multiviewdrawings of the solid models, and be able to create assemblies and animations of the solidmodels. The author will share his observations and experience with educators in the field.Computer-aided-engineering tools, such as CAD, FEA and CAM, are becoming to be theessential tools to the engineering practices in industry. This paper describes the development ofan applied Solid Modeling course that is being offered by the Mechanical and ManufacturingEngineering Technology (MMET) department .Solid Modeling is slowly becoming an important part of Computer Aided Design (CAD)technology, which can be used to aid the creation of better Designs. At Oregon Institute ofTechnology, the first Solid Modeling course was first developed and taught back in 1987; andwith the developments of the other leading edge technologies, we now see very exciting changesin how an engineer perform his/her daily tasks in industry. In 1996, the MMET departmentbegan to incorporate the parametric modeling software in the MET and MFG programs.In the Spring term of 2011, an elective course (MET/MFG 407 Advanced Solid Modeling) wasdeveloped and offered. Students are required to have finished the required MET 375 SolidModeling class to enroll in this course. A different Parametric Modeling software is used in thissecond solid modeling course. The course has been offered every year since 2011.The main emphases of the course are placed on both teaching the students to use a commerciallyavailable parametric package and have the students performing the modeling task of the toyrobot kit. The course objectives have been established as follows: To learn the basic concepts and procedures associated with using a commercially available Parametric Modeling package. To understand and use the tools available in 3D Parametric Modeling technology . To generate 2D working drawings of the 3D models. To learn and perform 2D and 3D kinematic analysis using modern computer software. Apply the techniques and skills taught to related problems in follow-on courses.This paper describes the changes and results of the Advanced Solid Modeling course offered bythe Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Technology Department at Oregon Institute ofTechnology.

Shih, R. (2015, June), A Hands-on Project Approach to Teaching Solid Modeling Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23394

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