Journal for Geometry and Graphics, Vol. 2, No. 2, pp. 169 - 179 (1998)

The Freshman Engineering Design Graphics Course at the University of Texas at Austin

Ronald E. Barr, Davor Juricic, Thomas J. Krueger, Laneda S. Wall, Billy H. Wood

Mechanical Engineering Department,
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, Texas, 78712, USA

Abstract: This paper discusses the course on Engineering Design Graphics (EDG) that has evolved at The University of Texas at Austin in conjunction with developments in the modern practice of engineering design. In particular, the course focuses on solid modeling, which is the new methodology for developing and conveying engineering design ideas. To this end, a curriculum model was developed in which solid modeling serves as the starting point for design representation and for all laboratory exercises, from visualization, through analysis and manufacturing, and to final engineering documentation. The class each week includes a formal lecture, manual sketching assignments, and a computer lab exercise. The lecture and laboratory topics can be subdivided into four parts: 1. introduction to design and computer-aided design; 2. geometric and solid modeling; 3. application to analysis and manufacturing; and 4. engineering documentation. Each of these parts will be detailed in the paper, and some examples of student exercises will be included.

Keywords: Engineering Design Graphics, Engineering Education

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