Computer-Aided Product Design Courses

Design Statics and Strength of Materials


Introduction to the fundamental principles used in determining the force and moment dataset that maintain structures in static equilibrium. The corresponding material stresses are determined in a combined state when required. Study includes Mohr’s circle, stress-strain relationships, and factors of safety. Special applications are introduced, including springs, press fits, and torsion of shafts. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): MTH230 and PHS115 or MTH230 and PHS201 or MTH240 and PHS115 or MTH240 and PHS201.

Design Dynamics


Quantitative analysis of particles and rigid bodies in two and three dimensions, with an emphasis on basic principles, visualization, and problem solving as applied in product design. Topics include kinematics of translation and rotation, Newton's laws, vibration, resonance and fatigue. This course builds on previous knowledge of statics and strengths of materials. Calculus is used. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): DSG323. Spring Only.

Design for Manufacturability


Introduction to the theory and application of the design and development of industrial products and manufacturing systems. Emphasis on related product history, the design process and problem solving to design for manufacturability, product assembly, and maintenance. Students work individually or in teams to design simple tools and products. Also covered is the topic of bringing a competitive product to market through the use of concurrent engineering for simultaneous product/process design. Advanced techniques in parametric solids modeling software are used to develop designs and to analyze and solve engineering problems. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): CCD245 or CAD238 and CCD243. Fall Only.

Finite Element Modeling and Validation


Introduction to fundamental theory and applications for design engineering using engineering mechanics applied to many aspects of stress analysis problems. Different element types, model formulations, stress recovery techniques, modeling considerations, convergence criteria, and error estimates are included in this course. The instruction implements a commercial finite element analysis program and result validation through both classical solutions and testing hardware. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): DSG323 and DSG325. Spring Only.

3D Rendering and Animation


Introduction to object-driven 3D rendering and animation techniques. Topics include the various methods used to create realistic images of 3D objects, kinematics of objects, lighting and environment conditions, the application of material textures, and scene animations. Additional study includes integration of image information into an electronic portfolio, assembly/operation/maintenance brochures, or DVDs. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): DSG325. Fall Only.

Parametric Modeling and FEA Applications for Welders


Study and application of parametric modeling using SolidWorks® and AutoDesk Inventor® 3D modeling software. Skills covered include generating and editing models and assemblies, analyzing mass properties, rendering and animation, and basic 3D-to-2D documentation techniques with an emphasis on welding applications. Application of industrial dimensioning principles & tolerances will be introduced. Commercial Finite Element Analysis (FEA) programs and result validation will be explored. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): WEL102.

Product Design and Engineering Analysis


Development of skills in the engineering aspects of the design process. The use of engineering analysis, materials, techniques, and models are used to direct the development and documentation of products and tools. Study and application also includes using advanced CAD and FEA to develop geometry. The datasets are used for a variety of engineering analyses and validation techniques. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): DSG324 and DSG326. Fall Only.

Applied Product and Systems Design


Study that builds on and reinforces concepts learned in the previous design and engineering courses. Course work involves solving design problems by selecting materials, testing alternatives, collecting data, conducting design analysis, preparing engineering documents, and recommending manufacturing processes. Applications also include the use of advanced CAD and FEA to develop geometry. Concepts of product liability, computer-integrated manufacturing (CIM), materials handling, and documentation of product analysis are discussed. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): DSG421. Spring Only.

Design Colloquium


Study of current design and engineering topics by means of guest speakers, video teleconferences, field trips, Internet exchanges, and other multi-media methods. Emphasis on intellectual property (IP) rights, including patent, trademark and copyright law as it relates to the field of product design. Participation in local student chapters of professional societies will be encouraged. External associate/professional-level CAD software certification will be encouraged. Course work includes developing presentations, journals, and technical reports on topics covered in the course. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): DSG421. (Writing Enriched) Spring Only.

Senior Seminar-Lecture


Individual learning opportunity that enables the student to define, plan and develop a proposal for the senior capstone project. Course work includes using knowledge and skills acquired in previous design courses to develop a design proposal, conduct preliminary analysis, present findings, and prepare a final proposal for the senior capstone project. Emphasis on resolving industry-based design problems using concurrent engineering techniques. 1 Credit (1 Lecture) Corequisite(s): DSG421. Fall Only.

Senior Seminar-Lab


Individual lab experience working under a faculty mentor to develop and deliver a finished senior capstone project as outlined during the lecture and planning portion of the Senior Seminar Lecture course. Successful completion requires a finished project, including a report with an executive summary, an evaluation process, and a verbal presentation. 3 Credits (0 Lecture - 9 Lab) Prerequisite(s): DSG495. Spring Only.


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