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AICO 4248 - CAD/CAE with SolidWorks

Computer Aided Design & Engineering Part-time Studies Course

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Course Details

In this course, students will learn advanced applications of computer aided design software in mechanical and manufacturing engineering. Topics include the applications of CAD in Finite Elements Analysis (FEA), Dynamic Motion Simulation/Analysis, Assembly Simulation, Tolerance Analysis/Stack-up Validation, and Design Optimization.


AICO 4048, and Engineering Mechanics (Statics and Dynamics).



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Learning Outcomes

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

  • Optimize design alternatives and determine the best design option by comparing measurable design parameters such as strength and weight.
  • Perform stress-strain analysis of machine elements under loads and interpret the results using FEA software embedded in CAD software.
  • Apply a wide variety of static and dynamic loads to accurately evaluate the design performance under stress, strain and displacement and predict the failure.
  • Implement tolerance analysis/stack-up seamlessly to determine if the design meets fit and function requirements.
  • Simulate mechanical mechanisms and output the graphical and numerical data of important kinematic parameters such as positions, velocities, and accelerations.
  • Determine the size of the actuators required for mechanical mechanisms under static or dynamic loads.
  • Analyse and study the interaction of assembly components to check for possible colliding parts before incurring the cost of manufacturing.

Effective as of Fall 2009

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