CAD07006 2015 Machine Tool and Product Design

General Details

Full Title
Machine Tool and Product Design
Transcript Title
MachineTool and Product Design
75 %
Subject Area
CAD - Cad/Cam
MENG - Mech. and Electronic Eng.
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2015 - Full Academic Year 2015-16
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Sean Dalton, Michael Moffatt
Programme Membership
SG_EPREC_B07 201500 Bachelor of Engineering in Precision Engineering and Design SG_EPREC_B07 201500 Bachelor of Engineering in Precision Engineering and Design SG_EPREC_J07 201700 Bachelor of Engineering in Precision Engineering and Design SG_EPREC_B07 201800 Bachelor of Engineering in Precision Engineering and Design

The overall aim of this module is to enhance the students’ knowledge of solid modelling and their ability to produce professional engineering drawings of precision related products & devices.  Students will be introduced to specialist weldment, framework, sheet metal and simulation modules and will undertake complex solid modelling, including the use of 3D sketching, equations and configurations. Assignment project examples will be of products, tools and machines typically encountered in the precision engineeing industry.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Utilise 3D sketching techniques in the creation of complex part and product design.


Design models and create drawings of fabricated parts and structural steel frameworks using specialist ‘Weldments’ module.


Design models and create drawing for sheet metal parts and simple press tools using specialist sheet metal tools.


Design engineering mechanisms, use physical dynamics to simulate motion in assembly models and undertake basic stress analysis on parts.


Use design tables and equations to create configurations, multiple variations and 'family of parts'.


Create complex part and assembly models and produce working drawings and documentation necessary to detail precision engineering design project work.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

In addition to the normal CAD lectures and practical classes, Designers / Engineering Practitioners working in industry will be invited as guest lecturers and site visits to companies will be arranged, where possible.

Module Assessment Strategies

Continuous assessment will involve the assessment of all assignments undertaken in class, design project activity completed independently and an end of term in-house assessment test.

Repeat Assessments

This will normally require repeat attendance; however, for students with high attendance, a repeat assignment may be set, at the discretion of the Examination Board.

Indicative Syllabus

3D Sketches: 3D sketching tools, space handle, planes, points, lines, splines, coordinate system, 3D relations and dimensions, design of products requiring the use of 3D sketches and other complex modelling techniques. 

Frameworks: Weldment module, structural members, groups, trimming options, gussets and caps, weld beads, welding symbols, cutting lists, drawing of weldments and structures.

Sheet Metal: Sheet metal module, bend allowance and relief, flanges, tabs, edges, bends, corners, flattening, bending and unbending, simple blanking & forming tools, drawings of sheet metal and simple press tool parts.

Configurations: Equations interface, rules and syntax, variables, linked values, sharing between models, macros, creation of design tables, formatting, parameters, multiple parts, configurations, family of parts, custom properties and property manager.

Machine & Product Design: Gauges, jigs & fixtures, grippers, special purpose machines, assembly devices, escapement mechanisms, machine elements, fasteners, power transmission, precision & tolerances.

Drawing: Modelling, drawing and detailing of precision engineering products, tools, devices and design project work.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Continuous Assessment of Assignments Continuous Assessment Practical Evaluation 60 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5,6
2 Other Exam in-house terminal test Continuous Assessment Closed Book Exam 40 % End of Term 1,2,3,4,5,6

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom Theory, assigment brief and demonstrations 1 Weekly 1.00
Design Projectwork Computer Laboratory Computer Aided Design 3 Weekly 3.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Study and practice 3 Weekly 3.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources






ISO Standards Handbook Vol. 1 & 2 – plus new updated standards


2002 various dates

Ullman D. G.

The Mechanical Design Process



Tickoo, S.

SolidWorks 2012 for Designers

CADCIM Technologies


Tran, P

SolidWorks 2013 - Advanced Techniques

SDC Publications


Boljanovic, V.

Sheet Metal Forming Processes and Die Design

Industrial Press, Inc


Leong, K. F., Lim, C.S., & Chua C. K.

Rapid Prototyping: Principles and Applications.



Other Resources


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