ERIC Number: ED224999
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Computer Aided Design in FE. Some Suggestions on the Inclusion of CAD Topics in Mechanical Engineering Courses. An Occasional Paper.
Ingham, P. C.
This report investigates the feasibility of including computer aided design (CAD) materials in engineering courses. Section 1 briefly discusses the inevitability of CAD being adopted widely by British industry and the consequent need for its inclusion in engineering syllabi at all levels. A short description of what is meant by CAD follows in section 2. Section 3 discusses some components of an integrated CAD system in more detail, particularly drafting systems that are more advanced and more immediately attractive than other elements of CAD. Three major problems in introducing CAD into courses are outlined in section 4: lack of cheap hardware and commercial software, lack of educational software, and lack of staff expertise. Section 5 considers three broad categories of CAD user (systems designer, specialized user, naive user) and their different training and educational requirements. Appendixes include a fairly comprehensive list of CAD topics for inclusion in courses, information on help available through the West Midlands Regional Office Departments of Industry and Trade, and a short glossary of terms used in the paper. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Further Education Curriculum Review and Development Unit, London (England).
Identifiers: Computer Assisted Design; United Kingdom