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 2019 APPLICATION FORM

Syllabus Fall 2019

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:
Jan 9-11


  • Short lesson on Section 3 tricks
  • work on homework
Week 2:
Jan 14-18
  • CSWP Section 3 Review and Practice
  • No Class
  • Section 3 Due by 10 PM
Week 3:
Jan 21-25
Martin Luther King Jr. Day No Class
  • Optional Class
  • CSWP Section 2 Review and Practice
Week 4:
Jan 28-Feb 1
  • CSWP Section 2 Review and Practice


  • Optional Class
  • CSWP Review and Practice
  • CSWP Section 2 Due by 10 PM
Week 5:
Feb 4-8
Optional Class, HW3 due by 11:59 PM
Week 6:
Feb 11-15
  • Timed practice exam
  • hand out section 1 vouchers
  • 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:
Feb 18-22
No Class-Presidents Day
  • Introduce Drawing Tools
  • Introduce Shop Projects
    • Band Beesten
    • Fly wheels
  • Book Checkout
  • HW4 assigned

 

 

 

 

Week 8:
Feb 25-Mar 1
  • Lecture on Drawing Tools
  • HW4 Due 11:59PM
  • shop projects outside class

 

  • Laser cut acrylic parts for stirlings
  • DWG TOOL EXAM DUE by 10PM
  • shop projects outside class
  • Introduce Weldments
  • HW 5 Assigned
Week 9:
Mar 4-8
  • Weldments lecture
  • In-class exercise
  • shop projects outside class
No Class
WELDMENTS EXAM DUE by 10PM
shop projects outside class
Week 10:
Mar 11-15

SPRING BREAK

 

SPRING BREAK

SPRING BREAK

Week 11:
Mar 18-22
  • Introduce Final Projects
    • Mold Making Exam
    • Simulation of Personal Choice
    • CSWA Simulation Exam
    • Pre-Stirling Engine Work
  • Sheetmetal intro
  • HW 6 Assigned
    • Sheetmetal book exercises

 

 

  • Optional class
  • SHEETMETAL EXAM DUE by 10PM
Week 12:
Mar 25-29
  • Project Work
  • Lecture from Nick and Will

 

  •  in-class exercise

 

 

 

Week 13:
April 1-5
  • Lecture on surfacing
  •  in-class exercise
  • surfacing lecture
  • in class exercise
  • final project work
  • HW 7 DUE 11:59 PM

 

  • optional class
  • final project work
Week 14:
April 8-12
Surfacing Lecture
in class exercise
Project work
machine shop counterweights
No-class
Project work
Surfacing Exam Due 10PM
Week 15:
April 15-19
  • Project Work
  • final project check-in with Dr. Odom
  • No class
  • final project work

 

Week 16:
April 22-26
  • Final project check in with Dr. Odom and Sarah

 

  • Tie up loose ends

 

  • DESIGN EXPO
  • Books checked in and final projects due by COB

Dead Week
Apr29-May3
  • No-class
  • Manufacturing Plans for Stirling Parts
  • Schedule shop time with mentor
  • No-class
  • Manufacturing Plans for Stirling Parts
  • Shop time
  • No-class
  • Shop Time
Finals Week Shop Time Shop Time Shop Time
Stirling DUE COB