Fundamentals of CAD
Learning the fundamentals of CAD (Computer Aided Design) prepares students for the future of design and manufacturing. The students from Warren-Walker got their first introduction to CAD while designing components for an underwater ROV (Remote Operated Vehicle) during a customized Making STEM workshop. Combining design thinking with CAD allows students to quickly turn their ideas into reality. Prototypes can be quickly built using 3D printers, and laser cutters. Prototypes can be tested and improved to continue the design cycle.
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At the start of every Making STEM workshop, students are faced with an engineering challenge. Their first challenge was to collaborate as team, to construct a parabolic bridge as quickly as they can. After their competition, students work together to analyze and improve the strength of the bridge.
During a tour of MakerPlace, students learn about the advanced manufacturing equipment including 3D printers, CNC mills, woodshop, and laser cutters. Students worked together to set up the laser printer by aligning the X, Y, and Z, axis. Students can be prepared for the future by learning how to safely use all the equipment during the Making STEM Engineering Mentorship Program.
Students collaborate and brainstorm ROV designs before learning how to use CAD. Every good design starts with drawing sketches and planning.
Fundamentals of CAD:
Students build a laser cut ROV model and analyze what additional parts are needed. Their first CAD project is to design a bracket to stablize the wings of the ROV. They use OnShape to design their parts. Onshape is a professional grade parametric modeling software that is completely free for students. They work together and learn about about sketching, planes and extrusions.
After an introduction to CAD, students can start to see the benefits and power of using CAD to design their ideas. Learning the basics is simple but mastering CAD takes dedication and practice just like any other skill. Making STEM provides additional CAD classes as well as an advanced engineering mentorship with customized curriculum to meet students creativity and academic goals.
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