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Engineering Graphics And Computer Aided Design: A Foundation To Engineering Design And Analysis

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1998 Annual Conference


Seattle, Washington

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June 28, 1998

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June 28, 1998

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July 1, 1998



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3.251.1 - 3.251.10

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Douglas H. Baxter

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Session 2238

Engineering Graphics And Computer Aided Design: A Foundation To Engineering Design And Analysis

Douglas H. Baxter Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

1.0 Abstract

With the advent of solid modeling, the importance of engineering graphics has been emphasized. Many employers hiring engineers expect their new engineers to have some solid modeling expertise from their academic experience. As with many engineering schools, engineering graphics was greatly curtailed at Rensselaer during the 1980’s. When engineering graphics was reintroduced at Rensselaer as a required freshman- engineering course in 1991, there were two major goals. The first was to teach the fundamentals of engineering graphics using solid modeling as opposed to a user course in the specific solid modeling software. The second goal as to provide the students with an opportunity to use solid modeling as an engineering tool for conceptual design, detailed design and engineering analysis.

This paper will present the development of Rensselaer’s course, Engineering Design and Computer Aided Design (EG&CAD). The development of the course from a lecture with laboratory using CADAM to a full laboratory course using Pro/ENGINEER will be presented. Pro/ENGINEER training files were written to allow students to have on-line demonstrations of the lecture material. The development of these training files will be presented. By discussing the course development, it will be seen how material from other freshman engineering courses is integrated into the course. Finally, a discussion of the integration of solid modeling into the sophomore, junior, and senior years will be presented. Included in this discussion will be a brief examination of a new follow on solid modeling course designed for sophomore engineers.

2.0 Introduction

The ability to create and document solid models is considered by many companies as an essential skill for their entry-level engineers. Many engineering schools dismantled or

Baxter, D. H. (1998, June), Engineering Graphics And Computer Aided Design: A Foundation To Engineering Design And Analysis Paper presented at 1998 Annual Conference, Seattle, Washington.

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