DSGN06100 2013 Computer Aided Design and Materials 201

General Details

Full Title
Computer Aided Design and Materials 201
Transcript Title
CAD and Matl 201
75 %
Subject Area
DSGN - Design
MENG - Mech. and Electronic Eng.
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2013 - Full Academic Year 2013-14
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Sean Dalton, David Mulligan, Michael Moffatt
Programme Membership
SG_EMTRN_C06 201500 Higher Certificate in Engineering in Mechatronics

The overall aim of this module is to develop skills in computer aided design and introduce students to the engineering materials and manufacturing processes encountered in mechatronics.

This module will equip students with the knowledge, skills and techniques needed to use a 3D CAD system to create solid models of mechanical products and mechatronic devices and to produce working drawings of these products.   Students will also gain an understanding of the selection and specification of materials and the processes involved in the manufacture of mechatronics products.

Learning Outcomes

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


Create solid models of mechanical parts containing intricate features and patterns.


Build 3D assembly models of mechanical mechanisms.


Design mechanical devices which incorporate gears, cams, bearings, belts, chains and the use of wizards and other standard parts libraries.


Produce working drawings, which include the insertion of linear tolerances, for parts and assemblies of mechanical products.


Read and interpret engineering drawings and produce drawings that conform to international standards.


Define and measure the properties of engineering materials.


Classify materials, such as metals, polymers, ceramics and composites.


Describe the engineering materials and manufacturing processes required in mechatronics.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

In addition to the normal lectures and practical classes, practitioners working in industry will be invited as guest lecturers and site visits will be arranged, where possible.

Module Assessment Strategies

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

Continuous assessment of Materials will involve a mid-term and final assessment test, along with submission of a project report.

Indicative Syllabus

Part Modelling: Sketch options, entities, tools and patterns, sketch dimensions and relations, sketching techniques, reference geometry, file types, feature creation, extrusions, cuts, revolves, lofts, sweeps, shells, ribs, fillets, chamfers, holes, patterns, part properties, editing definition, colour and appearance, suppressing features.

Assembly Modelling: Inserting and adding components to an assembly, assembly relations and mates, sub-assemblies, exploded view, component patterns, display controls.


Design: Design of mechanisms which incorporate a range of machine elements such as: gears, cams, belts, chains, bearings, actuators, fasteners.  Basic calculations involving the design, selection and inclusion of machine elements in mechanical mechanisms. Use of design libraries, blocks, standard parts toolbox, feature and part calculators, hole wizards, electronic catalogues, downloading of parts and assemblies, file formats.

Drafting: Creation of detail and assembly drawings of mechanical parts and mechanisms, selection and specification of sheet size, scale, format and drawing standard, creation of standard and derived views, view display and manipulation, insertion of dimensions and annotations, creation of simple electrical schematics, creation and placement of tables and bill of materials.

Drawing Standards: Drawing interpretation, determination of shape, size and manufacturing instructions, ISO drawing standards, principles of presentation, orthographic, sectional and special views, annotations on drawings, dimensions and linear tolerances, reading mechanical and electro-mechanical drawings.

Material properties: stress, strain, toughness, ductility, etc.

Classification: metals, polymers, ceramics, composites.

Processes: Extrusion, Drawing, Moulding, Casting, Forging, Machining, Joining, etc.

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 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8
2 Other Exam In-house terminal test Continuous Assessment Closed Book Exam 40 % End of Term 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Design Projectwork Computer Laboratory Computer Aided Design 3 Weekly 3.00
Lecture Lecture Theatre Materials Lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
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


Lombard, M.

Solidworks 2013 Bible



Callister, William and Rethwisch, David

Materials Science and Engineering



Other Resources


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