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Survey of the Current Academic and Industrial Trends in Utilizing the CADD Technology

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



Conference Session

Visualization tools, modeling abilities and grading models

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Engineering Design Graphics

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23.1121.1 - 23.1121.14



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Hosein Atharifar Millersville University of Pennsylvania

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Dr. Hosein Atharifar is an assistant professor of Applied Engineering at Millersville University. He teaches in the computer-aided mechanical design and drafting area. Dr. Atharifar’s research interest is Engineering Education, Rapid Prototyping, and simulation and optimization of advanced manufacturing processes. He received his BS degree in manufacturing engineering with Valedictorian Honor from Tabriz University, Iran; his MSc degree in mechanical engineering from Sharif University of Tech, Iran; and his PhD degree in mechanical engineering from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX.

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Faruk Yildiz Sam Houston State University


James Richard Knapp Sr. Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology

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Jim Knapp is an Assistant Professor in the CAD Technology Department at Thaddues Stevens College of Technology in Lancaster, PA. Jim earned his Master's of Education in Technology Education from Millersville University of PA in 2002. He has been teaching Technology Education and CAD since 1995.

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Survey of the Current Academic and Industrial Trends in Utilizing the CADD Technology ABSTRACTThe era of information technology has influenced our personal lives, industries, and in a broadersense, our societies. Design and drafting technologies have been transformed over the years toincrease the efficiency in the product and process development. Lean product developmentstrategies have been a strong force in revolutionizing the computer-aided drafting and design(CADD) technologies.Increased economic pressure on our industries has influenced the engineering design and draftingprocess. Multi-tasking and multiple responsibilities have been increasingly observed as part ofjob requirements. Taking a product from ideation to the development stage used to require only afew designers and many drafters; this might be just reverse nowadays. Model Based Enterprise(MBE) have revolutionized our design and drafting departments in industry which influences thejob market for both engineering designers and drafters. To obtain a clear understanding ofsimilar large transitions in the engineering design and drafting industry, a survey was developedand distributed to both academic and industrial professionals in the related fields of study.In this paper, we will present and discuss the results of the national survey on the topic ofdesigning and drafting using CADD. The areas covered in this survey are: spatial thinking, 2Dversus 3D CAD software, current trends in drafting versus designing careers, textbooks forCADD software, CADD taught during the college freshman year, the most effective ways ofteaching/learning CADD, challenges in teaching CADD classes, challenges for CADD users inindustry, and other similar topics. We would like to compare the responses from both academicand industrial professionals and discuss if there is any wide gap in the viewpoints from bothparties on the topics related to the CADD technology.

Atharifar, H., & Yildiz, F., & Knapp, J. R. (2013, June), Survey of the Current Academic and Industrial Trends in Utilizing the CADD Technology Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--22506

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