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Course Outlines

AICO 3001

AutoCAD 3D

School School of Energy
Program Applied Industrial Computing Option
Course Credits 3
Minimum Passing Grade 50%
Start Date April 13, 2021
End Date June 29, 2021
Total Hours 36
Total Weeks 12
Hours/Weeks 3
Delivery Type Lecture/Lab
Pre-requisites Familiarity with Microsoft Windows and AICO 2000.
CRN 26111

Acknowledgement of Territories

The British Columbia Institute of Technology acknowledges that our campuses are located on the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish Nations of Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), and xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam).

Instructor Details

Name Gordon Sigsworth
E-mail Instructor to provide
Location NA
Office Hours Instructor to provide

Course Description

This course introduces the concepts and methods of 3D modeling using AutoCAD software. While wireframe, surface and solid modeling are covered, the emphasis is on creating and editing solid models. Solid models can be used for the virtual prototyping of parts and assemblies as well as architectural massing studies.

Course Learning Outcomes/Competencies

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • View 3D models from different viewpoints.
  • Adjust the visual style of 3D models.
  • Work with multiple coordinate systems.
  • Create simple and composite solids.
  • Create complex solids and surfaces.
  • Modify solids.
  • Create 2D drawings from 3D models.

Learning Resources

A Windows Operating system based computer with Internet access. A Virtual Private Network (VPN) should be used when accessing BCIT's environment.

AutoCAD 2018 to 2021 software installed on computer. Could use BCIT's AppsAnywhere software for remote access to AutoCAD 2021.

Memory storage device. Calculator, Pen, and paper.

Recommended Text: Ascent AutoCAD 3D Modeling 2021 Student Guide. This is not required for the course; used for self-learning.

Evaluation Criteria

Criteria % Comments
Assignment 110Planter box. Setup one layout.
Assignment 220Mechanical part with Inclined features. Setup one layout.
Assignment 320Architectural Mass model. Setup one layout.
Assignment 420Mechanical part. Setup two layouts.
Final Examination30Practical test; 2 hour duration.

Course Schedule and Assignments

Course Schedule

Course Outline and File management.

Introduction to the 3D AutoCAD environment. How to view 3D drawings.

Using the Cartesian coordinate system in 3D. User Coordinate Systems (UCS).

Solid Modeling primitives. Dynamic UCS usage.

Composite Solids: Union, Subtract, and Intersect.

Fillet, Chamfer, and Slice.

2D to 3D: Presspull, Extrude, Revolve, Sweep, and Loft.

Saved Views. Layout setup using Model documentation tools.

Working with 2D and 3D coordinate input.

Dimensioning issues in 3D. Plotting 3D drawings.

Shell, Imprint, and Separate.

Flatshot and Section (old version).

ShowMotion and Anipath.

Visual Styles. Rendering, Part 1 – Materials and Lighting.

Converting solids, surfaces, and meshes.

Section Planes and Cameras. Rendering, Part 2 – Cameras, views, and plotting.

BCIT Policy

Any student who needs special assistance in the event of a medical emergency or building evacuation (either because of a disability or for any other reason) should promptly inform their course instructor(s) and Accessibility Services of their personal circumstances.

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Guidelines for School of Energy

Students must successfully complete a course within a maximum of three (3) attempts at the course. Students with two attempts in a single course will be allowed to repeat the course only upon special written permission from the Associate Dean. Students who have not successfully completed a course within three attempts will not be eligible to graduate from their respective program.


I verify that the content of this course outline is current.
Gordon Sigsworth, Instructor
March 25, 2021

I verify that this course outline has been reviewed and complies with BCIT policy.
Paul Morrison, Interim Associate Dean
March 29, 2021

Note: Should changes be required to the content of this course outline, students will be given reasonable notice.