Would you like to pursue a career in computer assisted design? If you’re looking for a creative career and job security, computer assisted design might be the perfect field for you. This course is ideal for budding drafters, designers and engineers.
Introduction to Computer Assisted Design (CAD) is an online professional development course that will provide you with foundation knowledge in computer-assisted design concepts and processes.
In this CAD course, you will learn about the history of technical drawing and applications of CAD, including landscaping, construction, engineering, architecture, urban planning and manufacturing. You’ll also discover the importance of 3D printing, virtual reality and artificial intelligence in CAD.
While software is not provided, there are numerous open-source CAD software applications available that can be downloaded for free for learning and assessment purposes.
On completion of this course, you will have a foundation understanding of the processes and principles of CAD for entry-level roles or to pursue further studies in this field.
Unit - Computer Assisted Design (CAD)
Unit 1 – Scope and nature of computer aided design
The use of computer software
History of technical drawing
History of CAD
CAD software applications
General discipline applications
Applications of CAD
Solid modelling or manufacturing
Surface modelling and assembly
Unit 2 – Types of CAD software
Types of CAD
CAD modelling types
CAD system components
Popular CAD software
Create a CAD project
Categories of CAD file format
Unit 3 – CAD design principles
Basics of CAD
Cartesian coordinate system
CAD design general principles
CAD design process
The identification stage
First draft design
CAD design effective use principles
Unit 4 – Landscape mapping and planning
Landscaping, mapping, and planning make extensive use of CAD
Site plan/base plan
The final plan
The planting plan
How landscape plans are presented
Examples of types of drawings
Steps in the design procedure
Scale and lettering
Different types of lines
Surveying and measurement
Slope and direct contouring
The grid system
Flat areas – triangular area method
Sloped areas – length interval method
Measurement of volume
The depth area method
Triangulated irregular network (tin) method
Required grading drawings
Doing the earthworks
A rotary hoe or earth moving machinery
Limitations of CAD in landscape design
Unit 5 – Construction and engineering
The purpose of construction and engineering
CAD in construction
Building Information Modelling (BIM)
Application to construction
Types of drawings
The landscape plan
Floor plan and line plan
Cross section diagrams
Component, engineering or shop drawings
Roof slab layout
Building services drawings
2d or 3d software
Unit 6 – Architecture and urban planning
Building information modelling
Unit 7 – Manufacturing
Computer numerical control (CNC)
Computer aided manufacturing (CAM)
Outsourcing parts of manufacturing process
Quality & inspection
Unit 8 – Rapid prototyping
Prototypes important part of the product development cycle
Why rapid prototyping is important
The prototyping process
Types of rapid prototyping
Other manufacturing techniques
High speed machining
Electrical discharge machining
Unit 9 – 3-D printing
History of 3d printing
Types of 3d printing
Multi jet fusion (MJF)
Direct metal laser sintering
Selective laser melting (SLM)
Fused deposition modelling (FDM)
Selective laser sintering (SLS)
Electron beam melting
Digital light processing (DLP)
Types of software
Types of materials
Plastics, powders, resin and metals
Advantages of 3d printing
Disadvantages of 3d printing
Applications of 3d printing
The future of 3d printing
Unit 10 – Further applications
Artificial intelligence (ai)
Customisation & other applications
Estimated duration 50 hours
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