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The Integration Of Engineering Design Graphics (Edg) And Solid Modeling Related Content Into Four Year Industrial And Engineering Technology Majors

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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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3.565.1 - 3.565.12

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John G. Nee

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Session 2438

The Integration of Engineering Design Graphics (EDG) and Solid Modeling Related Content into Four-Year Industrial and Engineering Technology Majors

John G. Nee Central Michigan University Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology Mount Pleasant, MI 48859


A new industrial data revolution is happening, and those who acquire expertise in engineering design graphics and computer-integrated manufacturing with emphases in computer-aided design or computer-assisted manufacturing are assuming important roles. In the future, students will increasingly learn how to integrate computer-related conceptual design, engineering design graphics, analysis and simulation activities, and engineering documentation functions.

The need for people in the aforementioned areas is great because industry cannot find enough people with training in this special technical area. Because manufacturing plays a key role in Michigan’s economy, opportunities in the state are extensive. Automotive related design and manufacturing provides considerable opportunities for technology graduates.

3D graphical modeling and all its variations (solids and surfaces abstracted from solids) is increasing dramatically in real world engineering and design environments. Technologists involved with the design process will and are presently doing more with 3D graphical modeling. As a percent of time on the job it is the technologist and not just the engineer with increasing responsibility for the application of the 3D modeling technology.

The need for people knowledgeable in EDG and 3D modeling related concepts is great simply because industry cannot find enough people with educational and experienced background in this special technical area. The rapid development of sophisticated, but user friendly, applications software tends to point in the direction of technologists (not just engineers) having greater involvement in solid modeling, prototyping, analysis and simulation, and associated manufacturing technologies.

Technology students need to increase their abilities to rapidly analyze and synthesize 3D images necessary in the development of solutions to open-ended design problems. They need to have increased exposure to modeling technology in the context of solving poorly defined open-ended design problems. They need to have greater understanding of mechanical computer-aided engineering, computer-integrated manufacturing, finite element modeling/analysis, rapid prototyping, and various other simulation processes. This should be implemented in a hands-on learning environment and not in a pure abstract conceptual content.

Nee, J. G. (1998, June), The Integration Of Engineering Design Graphics (Edg) And Solid Modeling Related Content Into Four Year Industrial And Engineering Technology Majors Paper presented at 1998 Annual Conference, Seattle, Washington.

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