Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering - Leading Process and Product Improvement

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IME 2460 - Introduction to Computer-Aided Design

Catalog Description:

Principles of computer graphics technology and applications in CAD hardware and software components, and system operation. Survey of selected commercial CAD systems for production of 2-dimensional drafting and 3-dimensional wireframe part design creation. Emphasis placed upon factors affecting performance and capabilities of comparative CAD systems operation.

Prerequisites & Corequisites: Prerequisite: IME 1420.

Credits: 3 hours

Lecture Hours - Laboratory Hours: (2 - 3)

Prerequisites by Topic:

  1. Understanding of Technical Graphics (IME 1420)
  2. Ability to visualize orthogonal views (IME 1420)
  3. Understanding of modeling using 3-D CAD software packages (IME 1420)
  4. Capability for critical analysis of steps for basic solid modeling techniques (IME 1420)
  5. Knowledge of standard requirements for functional documentation of technical graphics (IME 1420)
  6. Understanding of sequential steps for task definition (IME1420)
  7. Capability to define and follow algorithmic approaches to problem solving (IME1420)

Course Objectives, Performance Criteria, and Outcomes:

Course Objectives

ABET-TAC Outcomes2


Performance Criteria Measured1

Perform basic solid modeling with feature-based CAD software packages a*  

A2: Efficiently model a variety of components utilizing options in CAD softwares used in classroom

Understand and apply principles behind constraint-based CAD software packages d*  

D1: Properly specify constraints that reflect functionality of modeled components/systems in CAD

Apply and utilize concepts underlining parametric solid modeling    

Perform design changes to parametric CAD models

Perform critical comparison of capabilities among various CAD hardwares and softwares    

Research, evaluate and communicate advantages and disadvantages of CAD systems used in classroom

Identify hardware and software components in CAD systems    

Fully specify adequate and compatible CAD system for specified requirements

Performance Criteria1: IME performance criteria may be found at

ABET-TAC Outcomes2: Outcomes may be found at

*results tracked in ABET course notebooks

Computer Usage:

Extensive use of computer hardware and software is required in this course. All lab session take place at the CAE Labs. Some of the lectures might take place at the labs as well (for demonstration purposes.)


Parametric Modeling with UGS NX 6, by R. H. Shih, Schroff Development Corporation Publications, Mission, KS, 2009.

Introduction to Catia V5R19, by R. Cozzens, Schroff Development Corporation Publications, Mission, KS, 2009.


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Course Coordinator:

Jorge Rodriguez
Western Michigan University
E-224 Parkview Campus
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008-5336
Phone: 276-3374

Revision Date: Summer 2011


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