ME 301 - Computer Aided Design

Course Resources Topic References Past Projects

Solid modeling is one of the core languages of design. It allows for enhanced communication within the design team, and between clients and customers. Designers have an ever increasing set of tools that use solid models for analysis, visualization, prototyping, and machining. On this page you will find several solid modeling resources developed by University of Idaho students.

This course introduces you to concepts and tools for producing solid models and engineering drawing packages that can be efficiently manufactured in an engineering shop.  The knowledge, skills, and perspectives you develop will greatly enhance your senior design experience and will be highly marketable in the engineering workplace, including summer internships.

Pre-Class Preparation

In-Class Activity

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S1 (9:30a)
S2 (11:00)
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(Room changes highlighted)

Post-Class Assignment

(due before the next class period unless otherwise noted)

Aug 24: Day 1

Meet in JEB 331

 

  • HW1
    1a: Student Survey
    1b: Quick Reference Log 
    1c: Skills Self-Assessment

    HW1a & 1b - Fill out and submit on shared OneDrive "01_Submitted" folder. Name your file "HW1_FirstName LastName".

    HW1c - Perform a
    Self-Assessment of your pre-course Engineering Graphics Skills. Select the option to email yourself a copy so you can compare your progress at the end of the semester.

For HW1b, fill out the Quick Reference Log on the ENGINEERING DRAWING PRACTICES packet.

Aug 26: Day 2 (Handout Quiz)

Study Material for Quiz
(review resources below)

BRING TO CLASS:  1) a straight-edge, 2) a pencil, 3) a compass, and 4) a copy of the HAND SKETCHING WORKSHOP handout (see link in column 2). Your work product will lose points without them.

Meet in GJ 108

  • Quiz 1
  • Debrief quiz
  • HAND SKETCHING WORKSHOP introduction
    PRINT OUT THIS HANDOUT
    AND BRING IT TO CLASS ALONG WITH YOUR STRAIGHT-EDGE, PENCIL, AND COMPASS
  • Checksheet Grading Exercise
  • Continue Hand Sketching Workshop

 

  • HW2 - Hand Sketching Workshop

    Finish sheets from hand sketching workshop, and  identify, describe, and illustrate three hand sketching principles or techniques that you may have struggled with but which added significant value to your finished product in this assignment.

    Refer to the assignment checksheet in completing your work and make sure it is submitted as your assignment cover page. The mentors will use these in grading your work on each assignment. 

Aug 31: Day 3 (Handout Quiz)

Study Material for Quiz
(review resources below)

Meet in GJ 108

  • Quiz 2
  • Debrief quiz
  • Design layout/sketching tips
    • Select an appropriate front view
    • Place on paper allowing for possible top and side views (using 3rd angle orientation which is the US drawing standard)
    • Specify origin & axes
    • Use construction lines
      to get placement and scale correct on paper
    • If needed, show center locations and centerlines
    • Deploy line weights
      (for contrast)
    • Enhance with labeled dimensions
  • Sketching exercise
  • Sketch peer review/discussion

 

Don't forget to include the checksheet as your cover page.

You may also want to review Examples of Past Design Layout Sketches.

Sep 2: Day 4 (BbLearn Quiz)

Study Material for Quiz
(review resources below)

Meet in JEB 331

 

  • HW4 - Lesson 1: Parts Assignment checksheet

    Complete a thoughtful tutorial log on SW Tutorial Lesson 1: Parts. Additionally, include at least 5-6 visually-descriptive screen captures of the creation process for the part you made in Lesson 1, and provide meaningful captions (1-2 sentences) to explain the content of each image. Make your pages organized and use an appropriate number of images per page (i.e., readable and not wasteful).

Sep 7: Day 5 (Bblearn Quiz)

Study Material for Quiz
(review resources below)

Meet in JEB 331

 

  1. Include a sketch of your I-beam that shows all sketch relations and dimensions.  This should be fully defined.
  2. Include a snip that shows your part information in the summary tab (author, assignment number in keywords field, assignment notes in comments field).
  3. Extrude your I-beam to a 3-inch section.  Experiment with different material properties.  Include a snip of your extruded part along with an annotated design tree.
  4. Use SolidWorks to compute the mass, volume, center of mass, and moment of inertia about two different axes. Include a snip of the results.
  5. Identify and describe in detail the two most important things you learned about SolidWorks through this assignment. 
  6. Make sure the assignment checksheet is included as the cover page for your assignment.

Sep 9: Day 6 (Bblearn Quiz)

Study Material for Quiz
(review resources below)

Meet in JEB 331

 

  • HW6 - Initials Assignment checksheet

    Place a pdf of your completed pre-CAD plan in your "01_submitted" folder and have your current progress available for review during the next class.

    Final version HW6 (Parts A-C) due Day 9 (9/21)
    You will receive scores for each:
    HW6 (Part A) - your pre-CAD planning (including sketch plane, origin, key constraints, and creation steps),
    HW6 (Part B) - your SW process documentation, and
    HW6 (Part C) - your final products (fully defined SW sketch w/minimum dimensions, solid model, and engineering drawing).

    Refer to the ENGINEERING DRAWING PRACTICES packet for best dimensioning practices in dimensioning your engineering drawing.

    Use the initials assignment checksheet (page 1 of the Assignment Checksheet link above) as your assignment cover page. Be sure to clearly address each item in your report.

    A pdf of your pre-CAD plan (Part 6a) is due in your "01_submitted" folder before class on Day 7 (9/14)
Sep 14: Day 7 (no quiz)

Meet in JEB 331

  • Lab
    • HW consulting
  • Pre-CAD feedback

 

 

Sep 16: Day 8 (BbLearn Quiz)

Study Material for Quiz
(review resources below)

BRING TO CLASS: ALL work-in-progress on the initials assignment (including electronic SW files).

Meet in JEB 331

HW6 (parts a-c)
Due by start of class
Sep 21 (Day 9)

Due next class:

  • Submit all three parts together in your final submission as a single .doc file.

  • If you are resubmitting Part A, include both versions in your submission labeled at the top as "1st Submission" and "2nd Submission".

Sep 21: Day 9 (BbLearn Quiz)

Study Material for Quiz
(review resources below)

 

Meet in JEB 331

  • Collect initials assignment (Parts 6a-6c)
  • Quiz 7
  • Debrief quiz
  • Demo: Hole Wizard (PDF)
  • Lab
    • Use the Hole Wizard to create the part defined in the engineering drawing given in HW8 (see third column for requirements)
  • VIDEO Supplements

 

NOTE: for above and beyond points, include sections views through each hole axis.

Sep 23: Day 10 (BbLearn Quiz)

Study Material for Quiz
(review resources below)

  • MySolidWorks CSWA Prep Videos
    33 - Editing Parts
    37 - Part Configurations

  • STUDY QUESTIONS
    (for possible use on Quiz)

 

Meet in JEB 331

 

  • HW8 - Hammer Time Assignment checksheet
    Due 9/28 (Day 11)

    Create a customized hammer (with a head for pulling nails as well as a lofted handle). Build from your initial work in the Lofts tutorial. Modify the head and create a custom handle.

NOTE 1:
Your finished model should utilize customized surface appearances, reference planes, and an expanded as well as annotated (i.e., renamed) design tree.

NOTE 2:
Be sure to use the ME drawing template found under course resources on the shared drive. Fill in important linked cells of the title block (DESCRIPTION, FILENAME/PART NUMBER), the BOM table (PART #, MATERIAL), and revisions table (DRAWN BY, CHECKED BY, DATE) by editing the part's "File Properties" Summary tab (Author) and Custom tab (Description, Material, CheckedBy, DrawnBy, Date, Revision, Quantity). Variable names are case-sensitive.

Your engineering drawing of your hammer should show the length of its handle, dimensions of the bottom of its handle, and the diameter of its striking surface (in inches).

 

Sep 28: Day 11 (Handout Quiz)

Study Material for Quiz
(review resources below)

Meet in GJ 108

 

 

Sep 30: Day 12 (BbLearn Quiz)

Study Material for Quiz
(review resources below)

  • MySolidWorks CSWA Prep Videos
    21 - Linear Pattern
    22 - Circular Pattern

  • STUDY QUESTIONS
    (for possible use on Quiz)

Meet in JEB 331

  • Quiz 10
  • Debrief quiz
  • Lab
    • Work on revolve and pattern features assignment
  • VIDEO Supplements

 

Oct 5: Day 13 (BbLearn Quiz)

Study Material for Quiz
(review resources below)

  • MySolidWorks CSWA Prep Videos
    36 - Global Variables & Eqns
    39 - Part Design Tables

  • STUDY QUESTIONS
    (for possible use on Quiz)

Bring questions about the Revolve and Pattern Features Assignment.

Meet in JEB 331

  • Quiz 11
  • Debrief Quiz
  • Demo: Global Variables (PDF)
  • Lab
    • SW Tutorial - Design Tables
      (Demonstrate to Mentor for points)
    • Consulting on Revolve and Pattern Assignment
       
  • Day 14 Recommendation: bring colored writing instruments:
    • (e.g., highlighters/pencils/pens)
 
Oct 7: Day 14 (no quiz)

Meet in GJ 108

  • Collect Revolve and Pattern assignment
  • Fall 2021 Part Mini-Project
  • Part Mini-Project drawings courtesy of SDF Historical Archives (Treviglio, Italy) 

  • Pre-CAD Tips
    • (Recommended but Optional) Start your Pre-CAD directly on the 11x17 drawing handout. (If you weren't in class and would like one, stop by my office to collect one. There are a few pinned to a board outside my door. It's a large printout of the part drawing file linked above.)

 

Oct 12: Day 15 (no quiz)

  • Bring your design layout sketch and your pre-CAD plan
  • Bring your electronic model
  • Bring any questions you have
  •  

Meet in JEB 331

 

  • Part Mini-Project Consulting
 

Oct 14: Day 16 (no quiz)

  • Bring your electronic model
  • Bring your latest part drawing
  • Bring your latest project documentation
  • Bring any questions you have

 

Meet in JEB 331

Part Mini-Project
Due at the start of class
Oct 19 (Day 17)

Oct 19: Day 17 (BbLearn Quiz)

Study Material for Quiz
(review resources below)

  • MySolidWorks CSWA Prep Videos
    26 - Bottom-Up Assembly
    27 - Standard Mates

  • STUDY QUESTIONS
    (for possible use on Quiz)

Meet in JEB 331

 

Part files for HW10:
  - Stand
  - Welded Corner

Oct 21: Day 18 (BbLearn Quiz)

Study Material for Quiz
(review resources below)

  • MySolidWorks CSWA Prep Videos
    28 - Move & Rotate Components

  • STUDY QUESTIONS
    (for possible use on Quiz)

Meet in JEB 331

Stirling Engine Mini-Project Assignment checksheet
Due Nov 2 (Day 21)

Preliminary check due 10/26 (Day 19)

Oct 26: Day 19 (BbLearn Quiz)

Study Material for Quiz
(review resources below)

  • MySolidWorks CSWA Prep Videos
    29 - Exploded Views
    38 - Assembly Configurations

  • STUDY QUESTIONS
    (for possible use on Quiz)

Bring your Stirling Engine model to class.  Be prepared to show your file structure on the junior drive. 

Meet in JEB 331

 
Oct 28: Day 20 (Handout Quiz)

Study Material for Quiz
(review resources below)

Bring your Stirling Engine model and engineering drawings to class. 

Meet in JEB 331

 
Nov 2: Day 21

Meet in JEB 331

Stirling Engine Mini-Project Due
at BEGINNING of Class

  • Team Assignments
  • Final Project Expectations
  • Identify Project Recorder (Person who maintains work assignments on Spreadsheet)
  • Identify subassemblies
  • Inventory parts by subassembly
  • Make Preliminary Part modeling assignments
  • Select creative team name

Due on Shared Drive by Next Class

  • Spreadsheet with preliminary assignments for members
    (example from past team)
    Example spreadsheet
  • Team folder on shared drive
  • Completed part by each team member stored on shared drive, ready to show in the class
Nov 4: Day 22

Meet in JEB 331

Engine Resources:

Project Resources:

  • Shared drive review
  • Spreadsheet review
  • Q/A on Legacy Drawings
  • Modify part assignments based on new insights on part complexity after initial part modeling.
  • Project Work & Consulting

Due on Shared Drive by Next Class

  • Updated spreadsheet of work completed and work in-progress
  • 25% of parts modeled with part properties assigned
Nov 9: Day 23

Meet in JEB 331

  • Shared drive review
  • Spreadsheet review
  • Q/A on Legacy Drawings
  • Q/A on Part Models
  • Team Dynamic Check
  • Project Work & Consulting

Due on Shared Drive by Next Class

  • Updated spreadsheet of work completed and work in-progress
  • 50% of parts modeled with part properties assigned
  • Sub-assemblies identified
Nov 11: Day 24

Meet in JEB 331

Due on Shared Drive by Next Class

  • Updated spreadsheet of work completed and work in-progress
  • 100% of parts modeled with part properties assigned
  • 50% parts assembled
  • Establish team drawing template
Nov 16: Day 25

Meet in JEB 331

  • Assembly Drawing Tips
  • HW11 Expectations/Exercise
  • Shared drive review
  • Spreadsheet review
  • Review of assemblies
  • Drawing Workshop (pending)
  • Q/A on Deliverables
  • Project Work & Consulting

HW11 - INDIVIDUAL HMWK Assignment checksheet
(Due 11/30, Day 27)

EACH MEMBER of the team needs to submit one non-trivial mechanical drawing of one of their parts using the ME template with a customized title block adopted by your team.

Guidelines for Your Team's Mechanical Drawings

Graded Drawing Examples

Due on Shared Drive by Next Class:

  • Updated spreadsheet of work completed and work in-progress
  • 100% parts assembled
  • 25-50% of part and assembly drawings complete
  • Prepare for mid-project
    Shared drive review

    (w/project recorders)
Nov 18: Day 26

Meet in JEB 331

  • Mid-Project Shared drive review
  • Review of assemblies
  • Project Work & Consulting

Due on Shared Drive by Next Class

  • Updated spreadsheet of work completed and work in-progress
  • 75% of part and assembly drawings complete
  • Initial rendering and animation work
Nov 22-26: Fall Recess

No Class

 
Nov 30: Day 27

Meet in JEB 331

Due on Shared Drive by Next Class

  • 90% of part and assembly drawings completed

  • Examples of part rendering work stored on the shared drive

  • Continued animation work

Dec 2: Day 28

  • Bring hard soft copies of example sub-assembly drawings and part drawings

  • Bring hard soft copies of portfolio items

Meet in JEB 331

  • Review of drawings
  • Organization/contents of digital folders
  • Receive feedback on Snapshot Portfolio items
    • Mentors create repeating PPT slide show
  • Project Work & Consulting
Assemble Project Binder
  • 100% of part and assembly drawings completed

  • Next generation renders and continuing animation work

Dec 7 & 9: Days 29 & 30

  • Bring team project binder portfolio folder

Meet in JEB 331

  • Review of project binder
  • Project Work & Consulting

Due in class on 12/9
(Day 30)

  • Individually Complete Post-Course Self-Assessment of Engineering Graphics Skills  
    Recall: if you selected the option to email yourself a copy of your Pre-Course Evaluation, you can look back at where you were at the start of the semester for comparison.
  • Individually Complete
    Team Citizenship Form
  • Final File Organization on
    Shared Drive (spreadsheet, part/assembly/drawings files,
    PDF of entire package portfolio folder w/renders & animations)
  • Approved Final Portfolio
    • Title Page
    • Thoughtful Dividers
    • Assembly Drawings
    • Part Drawings
    • Animation Storyboards
    • Lessons Learned