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Development Of Cd Rom Based Lessons For Pro Engineer

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1999 Annual Conference


Charlotte, North Carolina

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June 20, 1999

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June 20, 1999

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June 23, 1999



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4.195.1 - 4.195.5

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Jack Zecher

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Session 2238

Development of CD-ROM based lessons for ProEngineer™

Jack Zecher, P.E. Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology Department of Mechanical Engineering Technology Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)


This paper describes how a series of CD-ROM based instructional lessons for the ProEngineer™ Computer Aided Design program were developed. These lessons consist of “on screen” examples of techniques that ProEngineer™ uses to construct three dimensional solid models. Various multimedia techniques were used in order to produce a product that focuses the student’s attention on the graphical user interface of the ProEngineer™ software.

These CD-ROM based lessons provide a tool that enhances student learning. Students are able to consult these CD-ROM based lessons at almost any time and from almost any location (on or off campus) that has a Windows based PC that contains a CD-ROM drive. This allows students to study at their own pace and to investigate and review issues of their own choosing. It is not expected that these lessons will entirely replace the traditional setting of having students attend class on campus. They will, however, provide a portion of the instruction that is currently covered in the lecture as well as a portion in the laboratory.

Details of how a combination of three-dimensional images, animation sequences, and audio narration are used to enhance a student’s understanding are explained in detail. This includes an overview of the overall design of the project, as well as a detailed look at how various software packages were used to perform screen captures, audio narration, video editing, and then how these various multimedia components were combined and delivered on CD-ROM.


The ProEngineer™ Computer-Aided-Design (CAD) program was adopted three years ago by the Department of Mechanical Engineering Technology as their “high-end” CAD program. It is used in the MET328–CAD/CAM for Mechanical Design and Drafting course, as well as by many students during their senior projects. Enrollments in the MET328 class have increased during the past several semesters due to the widespread use of ProEngineer™ within industry. While it is well acknowledged that ProEngineer™ is one of the leading CAD programs in industry today, the program is also well known for its steep learning curve. These two criteria presented an excellent situation in which to develop a computer-aided instructional tool.

Zecher, J. (1999, June), Development Of Cd Rom Based Lessons For Pro Engineer Paper presented at 1999 Annual Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina.

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