ME 490

Advanced SolidWorks, Simulation, and Manufacturing

This is a technical elective for students who have skills and interest in serving as undergraduate mentors for design/manufacturing projects within the ME Department.  Special emphasis is given to advanced SolidWorks toolbars related to finite element analysis, computational fluid dynamics/heat transfer, and multi-physics animation.  Students enrolled in the course will collaborate with instructors and graduate student mentors in creating instructional resources for use in future ME 490 courses and exemplary design documentation surrounding a manufacturing mini-project. An overview of course outcomes is given in the attached PowerPoint.

Synthesis of Fall 2013 Course Assessment Feedback 

FALL 2018 APPLICATION FORM

Syllabus Fall 2017

Class Schedule Below Simulation Resources

Simulation Resources
COMPUTATIONAL FLUIDS
AND HEAT TRANSFER
Flat Plate Conduction (pdf)
- Part
- Matlab Verification

Fin Heat Transfer (pdf)
- Part
- EES Verification

Flow Field in a Tank (pdf)
- Part

Drag Coefficient of a Sphere (pdf)






FINITE ELEMENT ANALYSIS
Stress in a Plate (pdf)

Fatigue of a Notched Part (pdf)

C-Clamp Stress Distribution (pdf)
- Part

Stepped Shaft Analysis Using
Bearing Supports (pdf)

- Parts (zip)

Iterative Part Optimization Using Trend Tracking (pdf)
- Trendtracker Part






MULTI-PHYSICS SIMULATION
Spring-Mass System (pdf)

4-Bar Linkage (pdf)

Suspension Analysis (pdf)
- Suspension Parts (zip)

Gear Train Simulation (pdf)
- Parts (zip)

Exporting Motion Paths for
External Analysis (pdf)

- Funnel and Ball Files (zip)
SPECIALIZATION EXAMS Sheet Metal
-practice exam
-additional exercises (a lot like actual test)

Week

Monday Wednesday Friday
Week 1:
8/21-8/25
Workday:
HW1 due by 11:59 PM
Week 2:
8/28-9/1
CSWP Section 3 Review and Practice CSWP Section 3 Review and Practice
  • Optional Class
  • CSWP Section 3 Review and Practice
  • Section 3 Due by 10 PM
Week 3:
9/4-9/8
Labor Day No Class
  • Optional Class
  • CSWP Section 2 Review and Practice
Week 4:
9/11-9/15
  • CSWP Section 2 Review and Practice
  • HW2 due by 11:59 PM
  • CSWP Section 2 Review and Practice


  • Optional Class
  • CSWP Review and Practice
  • CSWP Section 2 Due by 10 PM
Week 5:
9/18-9/22
  • CSWP Section 1 Review and Practice
  • Hand out CSWP Section 1 Vouchers
Optional Class, HW3 due by 11:59 PM
Week 6:
9/25-9/27
CSWP Section 1 Review and Practice
  • CSWP Section 1 Review and Practice
  • Introduce Sterling Engine Project
  • Optional Class
  • CSWP Section 1 Review and Practice
  • CSWP Section 1 Due by 10 PM
Week 7:
10/2-10/6
Begin SolidWorks Simulation on Sterling CNC Machined Components
  • No Class
  • Meet with Mentors
  • Sign up for Shop Time
  • Manufacturing Plans due by COB
Week 8:
10/9-10/13
  • Meeting in Senior Design Suite
  • Shop Time
  • Meeting in Senior Design Suite
  • Shop Time
  • No class for shop time
  • CNC Cam Simulations Due by 11:59 PM
Week 9:
10/16-10/20
No Class Shop Time No Class Shop Time No Class Shop Time
Week 10:
10/23-10/27
No Class Shop Time
  • Meeting in Senior Design Suite
  • Introduce Final Projects
  • Shop Time
  • Final Project Bid due by COB
  • Sterling Engine Due by COB
Week 11:
10/30-11/3
  • Meet in Senior Design Suite
  • Assign Final Project Teams
  • Discuss and Meet with Mentors
  • Introduce Stress Test Simulation
  • Introduce Specialization Exams
Project Work
Week 12:
11/6-11/10
  • Project Work
  • Assign Specialization Homework 1
Project Work
  • Progress Report 2 Due by COB
  • Specialization Homework 1 Due by 11:59 PM
Week 13:
11/13-11/17
  • Project Work
  • Assign Specialization Homework 2
Project Work
  • Progress Report 3 due by COB
  • Specialization Homework 2 Due by 11:59
Week 14:
11/20-11/24
Fall Recess Fall Recess Fall Recess
Week 15:
11/27-12/1
  • Meet in Senior Design Suite
  • Check in on Projects
  • Project Work
Project Work
  • Project Work
  • Final Project Progress Report Due by COB
  • Specialization Tests Due by 11:59 PM
Week 16:
12/4-12/8
Tie Up Loose Ends Tie Up Loose Ends ALL REMAINING PROJECTS DUE BY 11:59 PM