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3D Design Syllabus

Course Information

Design and Modeling (DM) provides students opportunities to apply the engineering design process to creatively solve problems. Students utilize methods for communicating design ideas through sketches, solid models, and mathematical models. Students work in teams to identify design requirements and research topics. This course provides the prospective engineer with the opportunity to design and produce various 3D prototypes.

Course Objectives

Students will learn the following -

  • How to collaborate in groups and teams
  • Produce 3-D designs using CAD software (Tinkercad, Autodesk Inventor)
  • Invent and Produce 3-D products using CAD software
  • Apply manufacturing and marketing principles to design challenges
  • Explore Various STEM careers

Student /teacher Expectations

Students will be expected to be self-motivated and stay on task with all lectures and activities. 

Students will be expected to take care of and respect all school computer hardware and software while in their use. 

Students will have access to computers, software, and 3D printers.  Damages to any computer equipment done intentionally by a student will be charged to the student.   

Grading

In this class, students may encounter difficulty during classwork - this is expected and normal. Many students have not had exposure to digital design in 3D.  Students will not be graded on the success of their projects, but on their reflection of the process. The grade breakdown is:

Classwork/Notes                       25%                 Quizzes/ tests                          25%                

Projects/Builds/reflection          40%                 Behavior/Participation              10%

Classwork and Homework

We will be utilizing materials and computers only available at school, so students will have very little work outside of the classroom.  However, students will need to keep track of class notes and required assignments for each project/build in a classroom folder.

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General Course Outline

Lesson 1: Introduction to Design

Students learn thumbnail, orthographic, isometric, and perspective sketching as methods for communicating design ideas effectively without the use of technology. The use of a common measurement system is essential for communicating and fabricating designs. Students learn conversions between two measurement systems and apply measurement skills while dimensioning sketches. Students conduct a mechanical dissection to better understand how objects and parts interact while using sketches to communicate and document their findings.

Lesson 2: Modeling and Statistical Analysis

Students transfer a two-dimensional representation to a three-dimensional solid model with technology. Students study basic geometric shapes within a mathematical model and use combinations of geometric primitives to form more complex shapes. During the design project, students work in teams and apply the design process to create a puzzle cube. Students create a solid model using a computer-aided design (CAD) application and fabricate their design solution for testing. Students complete statistical analysis from their testing results to determine if their design met the criteria and constraints.

Lesson 3: Design Challenges

Students engage in a variety of design challenges that require them to apply the engineering design process. Working in teams, students will brainstorm and select design solutions to a variety of problems. Students will create solid models of their designs, build prototypes for design testing, and share outcomes. Students will creat digital portfolios to showcase their work.


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